Married couple charged with stealing UA servers

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two former University of Alaska Fairbanks student employees have been charged with stealing two computer servers and selling them on eBay.

Vlad Paverman, 20, and Maria Antipina, 22, are accused of taking the servers from the storage area of the Geophysical Institute between Sept. 2 and Sept. 4.

The servers are valued at $23,869. Campus police say the married couple sold them on the Internet for more than $8,000.

Paverman was charged with three counts of theft. Antipina was charged with one count of theft. Both are being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $10,000 bail.

According to campus police, a worker at the Geophysical Institute last saw the Sun Microsystems servers, a Sun Fire 280R server valued at $22,033 and a Sun Fire V100 valued at $1,836, when he repackaged them into boxes and left them in on a pallet in the storage area.

Four days later, the worker found the boxes empty with packing material strewn about.

Campus police said Paverman confessed to stealing the equipment and told them he sold one server to a man in North Carolina for $7,500, and the other to a man in New York for $1,100.

Police are trying to recover the servers.

University spokeswoman Carla Browning said Paverman was a student employee until June and Antipina worked for the university until August 2001.

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