BOSTON – A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of stealing nearly $930,000 worth of computer equipment from the EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) facility where he worked.

Prosecutors say Kevin Kelly of Sanford, N.C. concealed the items in a small bag as he left work at EMC’s Apex, N.C. facility between 2000 and 2009. He also sold the equipment over the Internet using the identity of a friend, without that person’s knowledge.

EMC operates a major manufacturing facility in Apex and is expanding research and development operations in the Research Triangle Park area.

He pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston to charges including wire fraud and identity theft. Data storage equipment maker EMC is based in Hopkinton.

The 33-year-old Kelly faces up to 32 years in prison at sentencing on April 7.

A message left with his Boston-based attorney before business hours Friday was not immediately returned.

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