AP file photoComputer gaming company Zynga is the maker of popular hits such as “FarmVille” and “Mafia Wars.”

AP file photoComputer gaming company Zynga is the maker of popular hits such as “FarmVille” and “Mafia Wars.”

Zynga temp worker accused of stealing $100K from San Francisco company

For this Zynga employee, the game ended when the cops were called.

A temp worker at one of San Francisco’s most successful computer gaming companies is in hot water after allegedly pocketing $100,000 worth of merchandise.

Keith Brown, 21, of San Ramon was arrested Tuesday at the company’s headquarters at 650 Townsend St. in the South of Market area, according to District Attorney’s Office spokesman Omid Talai.

Brown is accused of stealing laptop and desktop computers and software valued at approximately $100,000 between Oct. 31 and the date of his arrest, when Zynga security took him into custody and brought him to police, Talai said.

The alleged thefts were recorded on video, according to Talai.

“At this point, he’s the only Zynga employee arrested for doing this,” Talai said.

A company spokesman on Wednesday declined to comment on the case.

The popular social network game developer, based in San Francisco and known for titles such as “FarmVille” and “Mafia Wars,” has been valued in the billions of dollars and is planning to go public in the coming weeks, according to media reports.

Brown, who remains in custody, is scheduled to be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon on four felony counts of commercial burglary, one of receiving stolen property, one of grand theft and one of embezzlement.

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