SAP boss involved in children's toy bar-code scam

SAP vice-president Thomas Langenbach was apparently so miffed that no one understood what he did for a living that he branched out into bar-code crime.

If the prosecution is to be believed, by day Langenback was involved in selling mysterious expensive business software which no one knows what it does, but by night he was running a bar-code scam.

According to the IBT, Langenbach was found scanning boxes upon boxes of Lego toys before purchasing them.

The prosecution claims that Langenbach would visit Target stores and post his own barcodes over those already on Lego boxes. He would then purchase the Lego boxes at an extreme discount, and then sell the Legos on eBay for thousands of dollars.

For example, Langenbach used the scheme to buy a Millennium Falcon box of Legos worth $279 for just $49.

Once he bought the discounted Lego boxes, the SAP executive would take to eBay. He sold more than 2,000 items on eBay, raking in about $30,000.

He would have got away with it had it not been for the fact that Target security recognised him and watched him do it.

He was filmed as he walked up to the register and covered the store’s bar codes with his own.

Langenbach was arrested and charged with stealing seven boxes of Lego toys, worth roughly $1,000. He posted $10,000 bail the same day.

Police found hundreds of stashed Lego boxes, with all of the individual bricks arranged according to colour, size and style. They also found eight Ziploc bags containing dozens of bar code stickers in his car.

Langenbach, who has been working with SAP since 1988, has a degree in computer science and business administration from Berufsakademie Mannheim University in Mannheim, Germany. SAP tends to pay its experts pretty well so it is strange that he felt he needed the money. Still, at least now rather than having to explain what SAP does at parties, before the person he is chatting to slips into a coma, he can say: “I am the Lego conman.” Assuming the charges stick, of course.