Emeryville man pleads guilty to stealing MacBooks from UC Berkeley

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On Thursday, Jonas Jarut plead guilty to stealing at least 90 MacBooks, valued at more than $200,000, from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. According to a U.S. attorney’s office press release, Jarut faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and his actual sentence will be determined at a status conference in June 2021.

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Jonas Jarut, a 41-year-old man from Emeryville, plead guilty Thursday to stealing at least 90 MacBooks from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.

The stolen MacBooks are valued at more than $200,000. According to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, Jarut worked at the Graduate School of Education, and his duties included purchasing MacBooks for the school.

He began stealing and reselling the computers in March 2019 to an individual in Folsom, California, the press release added. This individual then resold and shipped the computers out of California.

Jarut faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to the press release. A status conference taking place June 14, 2021, however, will determine the actual sentence.

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