By KEN SERRANO
November 10, 2008
A computer specialist, laid off Wednesday, Nov. 5, from a mutual fund
company, was arrested Monday by federal agents at his home in Old Bridge
after allegedly threatening to use hackers in Belarus to vandalize the
company's computer system.
Viktor Savtyrev, 29, was charged with attempting to extort money from
New York-based Third Avenue Management to get a better severance
Savtyrev, a Russian national, appeared in U.S. District Court, Newark
before Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz. She ordered Savtyrev held until a
bail hearing, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13.
His attorney, Robert Stahl of Westfield, said Savtyrev did not intend to
damage the company's system.
"At the end of the day this is someone who was under a great deal of
financial stress who said some inappropriate things but did not have the
intention or the ability to carry anything out," Stahl said.
A spokeswoman for Third Avenue Management said the company's systems
have been checked for any problems and deemed safe.
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