Friday, September 16, 2005

Stolen? Naw, she said it wasn't

18 year old San Francisco college student Shuki Alburati is trying to convince police that even though he was suspicious that the new laptop computer he was buying from a stranger for $300 might be stolen, he shouldn't be charged with receiving stolen property.
"The whole transaction only took about one minute," Alburati said in a statement to police. "She seemed suspicious, because she sold me an expensive laptop for such a low price. If the laptop was stolen, I did not know about it. I just took her word for it."

Alburati turned around and sold the computer on eBay for $1,200. One can't but help wonder what he might have done with it if had realised that the machine was the one that had made headlines around the world when it had gone missing. It contained the names, social security numbers and other personal information of nearly 100,000 individuals who were students and prospective students at the University of California.

"It's unfair," said Alburati, a business student who has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property. "I didn't know it was stolen. She should stop what she's doing because she'll get caught eventually."

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