A former Corpus Christi port IT director who pleaded guilty to shipping more than 100 stolen computers across state lines was sentenced Wednesday.
Tyler Wright Fulken, 40, has been sentenced to five years of probation without penalty by Judge Nerva Gonzalez Ramos. In April 2021, Fuhrken pleaded guilty to using her $320,098 from the Port of Corpus Christi to purchase an Apple computer he sold to a New York computer reseller over the course of her five years.
An FBI and Corpus Christi Police Department investigation from May 2016 to February 2021 found that Fuhrken authorized the purchase of 162 Apple computers but did not record the purchases in the port’s asset management system or inventory. Fuhrken was arrested after it was discovered.
Prior to his port duties, Fuhrken worked in the IT department for Caller-Times.
While addressing the court at the time of his sentencing, Fuhrken elaborated on his sports gambling addiction, which ultimately led him to steal and sell harbor properties to hide his financial losses from his family. I was.
Fuhrken was ordered to pay the Port of Corpus Christi a total of $421,233.98 in damages. Porte did not recommend the verdict or provide the victim’s statement to the court.
He was also ordered to complete 50 hours of community service within a year, mandatory mental health treatment and a gambling ban.
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