- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A defense contractor from suburban Chicago has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 in laptops, cellphones and other communications equipment from a U.S. air force base in Afghanistan, then selling much of it online.

Fifty-one-year-old Timothy Maurer of Naperville pleaded guilty to theft of government property Monday in a Chicago federal courtroom. He faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Sentencing is set for April 7.

A prosecutor said Maurer stole more than 150 items starting in 2013 at the Shindand Air Base where the 445th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron operated.

Maurer was employed by Raytheon Corp. and worked as a base systems administrator. Attorney Jeff King told reporters outside court there’s no allegation his client accessed sensitive information.

A message seeking comment was left at Raytheon headquarters in Massachusetts.

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