Culiner pleads to grand larceny

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September 29, 2009

1:24 AM

Former College of William and Mary employee Jason Culiner has pled guilty to grand larceny of over $200 after stealing nine laptops from the College’s Information Technology department last spring.

Culiner agreed to a plea bargain Sept. 17 before his case went before a judge.

According to court documents, Director of Systems and Support of IT Chris Ward reported the theft of nine Dell Latitude D630 laptop computers after performing an inventory of new laptops Feb. 4, 2009.

Each laptop was valued at $1,300, and records indicated that Culiner was the last person to have the computers in his personal possession.

Ward and his staff checked Cragislist.com and found several listings for sales of the same make of laptop in the area. Some of the posts listed a special version of Microsoft Office, the Enterprise Edition, which is sold only to large enterprises such as businesses and universities, including the College.

Seven listings had [email protected] listed as the poster’s email address, and, according to
Craigslist.com, one was posted at 5:43 p.m. PST from an internet protocol address belonging to Culiner’s computer in the College’s IT department.

Mar. 20 William and Mary Police Lieutenant John Coleman filed a complaint with the Williamsburg-James City County court system, and one day later, W. O’Conner of Richmond bought one of the laptops listed by Culiner for $600.

The laptop had a serial number matching one of the laptops that was missing from the College.

Culiner was arrested April 9, and sentencing in his trial will be held Nov. 2. He is currently out on bail.

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