AF nabs fugitive airman for theft, sale of IT gear

AF nabs fugitive airman for theft, sale of IT gear

A senior airman who eluded Air Force authorities for 17 months was arrested last month in Luxembourg on charges that he stole more than $110,000 in computer equipment from the service.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Spangdahlem Air Force Base, Germany, had been looking for Douglas Saferite Jr. since March of last year, when he disappeared while awaiting court-martial, according to Maj. Mike Richmond, an OSI public affairs officer. At the time, Saferite faced charges of stealing computer processors, two notebook computers and network components from the 52nd Communications Squadron at Spangdahlem.

Many of the items were sold on the Internet, authorities said. It is unclear if any were recovered and whether any classified information was stored on them.

Saferite was court-martialed in absentia and sentenced to six years of confinement with a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in grade and a fine of $14,565.

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