Showing posts with label FBI investigation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FBI investigation. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Fort Carson MP's and FBI arrested veteran after making threats

Pueblo man accused of making threats towards law enforcement and government officials


KOAA News
By: Benjamin Lloyd
Mar 10, 2020
Photo by: Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
A Pueblo man is in the custody of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office on charges of harassment and obstruction of government operations after law enforcement say he made threats against police and government officials.

37-year-old Thomas Wornick was arrested on Fort Carson by the FBI, Pueblo Police and military police.

According to the sheriff's office, Wornick identified himself as a disabled veteran and made several threats via email towards defense lawyers, businesses and others, including Pueblo County Sheriff's deputies.
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Stolen Valor fraud ripped off over $2 million from women

FBI: Fraudster posing as petty officer helped fleece females for $2.1 million


By: Navy Times staff
September 6, 2019 
A probable cause affidavit filed by Special Agent Dean J. DiPietro, a member of the FBI’s White Collar Crime squad in Atlantic City, estimates that Sarpong and the other three people netted at least $2.1 million in the scams over the past 3 ½ years.
Rubbin Sarpong never was a U.S. Navy petty officer stationed in Canada or Syria who needed a little cash to come home to his loved one.

Although one victim sent him $50,000 in a series of wire transfers dating back to early 2016, according to court documents, Sarpong really was laundering her money, stashing it in bank accounts or doling it out to co-conspirators on two continents to further what authorities say is an ongoing swindle that preys on lonely hearts with a crush on military men.
Federal prosecutors say that Rubbin Sarpong on March 2, 2017, posted a photograph of himself on social media accounts, holding a large stack of cash to his ear like a mobile phone, with a caption reading "WakeUp with 100K... OneTime. Making A phone Call To Let My Bank Know Am Coming;" (U.S District Court for the District of New Jersey)

Sarpong’s alleged scheme was outlined in a 27-page federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in Camden, New Jersey. It paints him as a grifter living in the south New Jersey town of Millville, with tentacles that reached out to at least 30 victims and three co-conspirators in the U.S. and the West African nation of Ghana.

Federal court records reveal that Sarpong was arrested Wednesday, a day after being charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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Friday, August 30, 2019

Wrongful death at VA led to multiple deaths investigation in West Virginia

Multiple suspicious deaths at West Virginia VA raise concerns over criminal activity


Military Times
By: Leo Shane III
August 27, 2019
“These crimes shock the conscience and I’m still appalled they were not only committed but that our veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our country, were the victims,” he said. “These families and loved ones deserve answers as soon as possible and I will make sure they get them.”
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said in a statement this week that he has been briefed on at least 11 suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia. (Courtesy of VA)
Federal investigators are probing a series of suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia, a situation that congressional lawmakers have labeled “incredibly disturbing.”

The potential crimes came to light after the family of one of the victims filed a wrongful death suit against VA alleging that their loved one’s death came as the result of an unneeded, fatal insulin dose while at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

The lawsuit alleges that VA officials did not take appropriate precautions and provide appropriate oversight to prevent harm to retired Army Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott, 82, who died in April 2018. A copy of an Armed Forces Medical Examiner report provided by the West Virginia law firm Tiano O’Dell (which is representing McDermott’s family) ruled the death a homicide. McDermott’s health care plan did not include any insulin injections, and he was described “demonstrating clinical improvement” prior to his death.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said in a statement this week that he has been briefed on at least 11 suspicious deaths at the facility around the same time frame.
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Disabled veteran, who was not D.B. Cooper, passed away

He died claiming to be a disabled veteran. But many believe he was hijacker D.B. Cooper.


The Washington Post
By Morgan Krakow
July 11, 2019
Rackstraw, a former Army helicopter pilot who had been awarded a Silver Star for valor, didn’t surface as a suspect until the late 1970s, according to news reports. He’d been arrested on charges of murdering his stepfather, but was acquitted in a trial in 1978.

A man who some believed to be the elusive D.B. Cooper died Tuesday in Southern California.

Robert Rackstraw, who was featured in a 2016 History Channel documentary about the notorious criminal, was pronounced dead at home in the early hours of July 9, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office. He died of a “long-standing heart condition,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Cooper, known for the hijacking of a flight bound for Seattle from Portland, Ore., is thought to have leaped from the plane with $200,000 in cash. Authorities tracked down hundreds of potential suspects but were never able to find Cooper or his body.

The hijacking, the longest unsolved crime of its kind in FBI history, has baffled official and unofficial investigators for decades. Though the FBI closed the case in 2016, theories about the identity of Cooper have continued to swirl.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

FBI needs help identifying victims of serial killer Samuel Little

The FBI wants help identifying the women in a confessed serial killer's hand drawn portraits of his victims


CNN
By Madeline Holcombe
February 13, 2019

(CNN)The FBI is hoping portraits of women drawn by the man who says he killed them will help them to identify the victims and notify their families.

The agency released 16 images on Tuesday, drawn from memory by Samuel Little, who told authorities they are just some of the more than 90 people he killed over three decades.

"We are hoping that someone -- family member, former neighbor, friend -- might recognize the victim and provide that crucial clue in helping authorities make an identification," said FBI spokesperson Shayne Buchwald. "We want to give these women their names back and their family some long awaited answers. It's the least we can do."

The strategy has worked before, Buchwald said. Women who appeared in two previously released portraits were identified, he said.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

FBI Investigating Police Beating Iraq Veteran With PTSD

FBI investigating beating of Iraq War veteran in Pearl River
Author: Katie Moore
April 11, 2018

The Pearl River officer said the deputies shot Cambre with a Taser, then proceeded to beat him with a retractable police baton.

The federal probe into the beating of a Pearl River veteran has entered a new phase with FBI agents interviewing members of the Pearl River Police Department this week.
Pearl River Police Chief JJ Jennings confirmed federal agents interviewed him, his Deputy Chief and the officer who initially conducted a welfare check on U.S. Army veteran Chris Cambre, 48.

Cambre suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, from his year of service in the Iraq War.

As WWL-TV and partner newspaper the New Orleans Advocate first reported, in January, a Pearl River Police Officer went to check on Cambre at the request of his friends after he posted that he was "struggling" having a bad night on Facebook. But the night got much worse for Cambre after five St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrived.

The Pearl River officer said the deputies shot Cambre with a Taser, then proceeded to beat him with a retractable police baton.
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Saturday, March 24, 2018

FBI gets case of Iraq veteran being beaten by Deputies

St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith: Deputies accused of beating veteran followed protocol
The Advocate
BY SARA PAGONES AND KATIE MOORE
MAR 23, 2018
However, Cambre's complaint was turned over to the FBI this week, not by the Sheriff's Office, but by 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery following what he called a "preliminary investigation" by his office.
Army veteran Chris Cambre, who says he was beaten by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies during a welfare check in January, is shown the following day with a facial laceration. Photo provided by Chris Cambre


St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is defending the five deputies who are accused of beating a military veteran in January, saying that they followed protocol during the incident, including the agency's policy on use of force.

Chris Cambre, a 48-year-old Pearl River resident, said he was severely beaten, Tased and handcuffed by the deputies on the night of Jan. 21, when law enforcement officials came to check on him at his trailer.

Cambre, who is a veteran of the Iraq War, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had posted on social media that he was struggling, prompting someone to call the police.

A report written by a Pearl River police officer who was on the scene corroborates Cambre's claim that he had behaved calmly and had showed the deputies that he was not armed when they arrived with their weapons drawn.

The officer and Cambre both say that he did not resist the deputies prior to the beating.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Magnificent Bastard Vietnam Veteran Attacked For Doing Job?

"Republicans step up attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller"

Why are Republicans going after another Vietnam War hero? Why are they attacking a man they praised for his integrity?

Looks like they'd simply rather ignore the facts and attack whomever goes against this POTUS, when they should be screaming to get to the bottom of what happened to the integrity of this nation.

This is the guy they are attacking.


A 'Magnificent Bastard' Is Investigating Russian Meddling in the US

Mueller would earn the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in his time in Vietnam. The citation for his Bronze Star said that during an attack on his rifle platoon, "2nd Lt. Mueller fearlessly moved from one position to another, directing the accurate counterfire of his men and shouting words of encouragement to them." 
During the firefight on Dec. 11, 1968, Mueller "personally led a fire team across the fire-swept terrain to recover a mortally wounded Marine who had fallen in a position forward of the friendly lines," the citation said.
******* 
One has it that there was a tough fight on a Pacific Island but word got back to the ships that 2/4 had broken through enemy lines. Somebody on the ships said "Oh, you magnificent bastards" and the name stuck. 
Another has it that there was a change of command ceremony for 2/4 and a couple of Marines bumped into each other during the pass in review, precipitating a mass brawl on the parade field. 
The new commander was delighted and called them a bunch of "Magnificent Bastards." In 1964, Lt. Col. J.R. "Bull" Fisher added "Magnificent Bastards" to 2/4's insignia.
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Had this President been a Democrat, they would have been screaming for this investigation with this man taking the lead. Oh, wait, they already wanted him for the job!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Combat Wounded Army Veteran Faces Charges After Threats to VA

Texas Army veteran accused of threatening Veterans Administration

Associated Press
September 8, 2017

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A wounded retired soldier arrested by FBI agents in San Antonio is accused of threatening to kill Veterans Administration workers and posting online threats to blow up an agency building.
Federal prosecutors say Walter Steven Crosley, 44, told a VA nurse in June that he "may be the next guy that takes y'all out" and posted videos online threatening to destroy the VA facility in Kerrville.
Authorities say Crosley, from Lakehills, about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio, spent 13 years in the Army.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

FBI Investigating Pipe Bomb Explosion at Air Force Recruiting Center

UPDATE

Man charged in explosion at Air Force recruiting office in Oklahoma

"He had served as a senior airman in the military but was disciplined and resigned, she said. He tried to enlist in the Marines but was turned down, she said.

"He believed it was the Air Force that was keeping him from being a member of the Marines," she said.
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Person of interest identified in connection with explosion at Bixby USAF recruiting center
KRJH NBC News
Jul 11, 2017

BIXBY, Okla. (AP) -- The FBI says a pipe bomb explosion that damaged an Air Force recruiting station in northeast Oklahoma is not being called an act of domestic terrorism.

An FBI spokesperson said a man has been taken into custody at the Sand Dollar Apartments near 61st and Riverside in Tulsa in connection with the explosion. That man was identified as Benjamin Roden, 28.

Roden was arrested at 3 p.m. by officers with the Tulsa Police Department.

Special Agent Jessi Rice said Tuesday that the blast in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby is not being called terrorism because investigators have not determined a motive.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had said earlier that agents were treating the late Monday explosion as a possible act of domestic terrorism out of "an abundance of caution," because of its proximity to the recruiting office.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Active Duty Soldier Arrested For Loyalty to Enemy?

US soldier arrested after pledging loyalty to Islamic State
ASSOCIATED PRESS HONOLULU
By AUDREY MCAVOY AND LOLITA C. BALDOR
Jul 11, 2017
Kang and the agents together made combat training videos he believed would be taken to the Middle East to help prepare the group's soldiers to fight American forces, according to the affidavit. Kang had received the highest level of combat training available in the Army and was a mixed martial arts enthusiast.
Red evidence tape covers part of the door leading to the condo where Ikaika Kang, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, lives in Waipahu, Hawaii, Monday, July 10, 2017. Kang is being held on terrorism charges after the FBI claims he tried to get secret military documents to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
An active duty U.S. soldier was arrested on terrorism charges after authorities say he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and said he wanted to "kill a bunch of people."

The FBI arrested Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, 34, in a suburb of Honolulu over the weekend after a yearlong investigation involving multiple undercover officers and confidential informants. He made an initial appearance in federal court on Monday.

Kang's court-appointed defense attorney, Birney Bervar, said it appears his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat. Bervar declined to elaborate.

He said Kang was "a decorated veteran of two deployments" to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

New Army Second LT Murdered in Maryland

Death of graduating college student killed at U of Maryland investigated as hate crime
ABC 7 WJLA
by Ryan Hughes, John Gonzalez and Anna-Lysa Gayle
Sunday, May 21st 2017

Collins’ pastor Darryl Godlock says not only was he days away from graduation, but he was recently commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (ABC7) — Bowie State University’s vice president for student affairs, Dr. Artie Lee Travis, expressed outrage Sunday night.
“Hate has no place in America. Hate has no place on a college campus,” said Travis. “We have no doubt that Sean Urbanski, with a knife, stabbed Richard W. Collins III,” said UMPD Chief David Mitchell. “He said to the victim ‘step left if you know what’s good for you’.”

Officials are now investigating Collins’ murder as a possible hate crime.

The FBI was brought in to assist with the investigation after detectives learned that Urbanski is a member of a racist Facebook group page.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Seven Charged in VA Construction Fraud in California

Senior VA official in Calif., 7 others charged in construction fraud
Associated Press
By SUDHIN THANAWALA
Published: April 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors have charged a former high-ranking official in California's veterans affairs department and seven other people in an investigation of alleged bid rigging on public construction contracts, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Prosecutors said the investigation that led to the indictment of Eric Worthen, a former assistant deputy secretary in the veterans affairs department, and the seven other defendants was prompted by an earlier probe that ensnared former California state Sen. Leland Yee and San Francisco Chinatown gang tough Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Fort Benning Pvt. Felix Hall's Murder Remains Unsolved

The story of the only known lynching on a U.S. military base
Washington Post
By Alexa Mills
September 2 2016

The government never solved his murder.

Pvt. Felix Hall’s body hung in this position for about six weeks. His feet rest on the dirt that he dug out of a ravine wall in an effort to release the pressure of the noose around his neck. Photo by Sgt. Robert Templeton, Fort Benning Military Police Detachment, U.S. Army, March 28, 1941. (Department of Veterans Affairs records) (US Army/US Army)
FORT BENNING, Ga. —Pvt. Felix Hall was strung up in a jack-knife position in a shallow ravine. A quarter-inch noose, tethered to a sapling on the earthen bank above him, dug into the flesh of his neck. His feet, bound with baling wire, were attached by a second rope to three other saplings, and his hands were tied behind him.

Hall succeeded in kicking loose his legs and freeing his left hand. Then, while he still had breath, he desperately scraped dirt loose from the ravine wall, trying to scoop out enough of the sienna-colored earth to build up a mound beneath his feet that he could stand on “to take the strain from his neck,” the FBI would later report. He got the dirt up to the arches of his dangling feet. But the earth was soft and loose and ultimately not enough to support his weight.

When investigators eventually arrived on the scene and examined his body, he’d been suspended in this position, in the woods of Fort Benning, for more than six weeks. Maggots were eating his flesh.
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Ohio Women Stolen Valor Used Go Fund Me

Mansfield woman claimed she was a military veteran with cancer to solicit GoFundMe donations, prosecutors say
Cleveland.com
By Eric Heisig
June 30, 2016

Donations came from all over the country. The indictment says one person who lived in Adrian, Michigan gave $1,000.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Mansfield woman set up a GoFundMe page and claimed that she was a U.S. Marine in need of money for breast cancer treatments, despite the fact that she was never sick and never served in the military, according to a federal indictment.

Joyell "J.D." Riley, 41, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on a wire-fraud charge. An FBI investigation showed that 32 people sent a total of $3,515 to Riley after she set up the fundraising page in November 2014.

Riley represented herself on the site as a "highly decorated combat veteran" who served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, the indictment says. Prosecutors also say she tried to prove that she was a veteran by using white out to falsify a government form that says she was discharged from active military duty.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Purple Hearts Approved for Chattanooga Fallen

Purple Hearts to go to victims of Chattanooga terror attack 
Stars and Stripes
Tara Coop and Cory Dickstein
December 16, 2015
Family and friends of the U.S. sailor and four Marines killed July 16 in Chattanooga, Tenn., attend a memorial service in Chattanooga, on Aug. 15, 2015. The Navy on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, announced it would award Purple Hearts to the slain servicemembers after the FBI called the shooting a terror attack. ADRIAN CADIZ/DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
WASHINGTON — The Navy said Wednesday that four Marines and one sailor murdered in Chattanooga will receive Purple Hearts after the FBI announced earlier in the day that the July attacks were an act of terrorism.

The ambush on July 16 claimed the lives of one sailor, Navy Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26, and four Marines: Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40, a Purple Heart recipient for wounds received in Iraq; Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells, 21; Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, 35, and Sgt. Carson Holmquist, 25.

They were attacked by lone gunman Mohammad Abdulazeez, 24, who fired on the Naval Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. Abdulazeez forced his way onto the facility after shooting at a nearby Chattanooga military recruitment center, where he shot Marine Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley in the leg.The shooter then led police on a chase to the operations support center. Abdulazeez entered the facility with an assault rifle and handgun, killing the five men before he was shot and killed by police.

Cheeley also will receive a Purple Heart, the Navy stated in a news release.
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Son of Army Psychiatrist "Homegrown Terrorist" Gets 10 Years in Prison

Son of US Army Doctor Gets 10 Years on Terrorism Charge
ASSOCIATED PRESS
By PAUL J. WEBER
AUSTIN, Texas
Sep 25, 2015

A former top University of Texas student who pleaded guilty to charges of recruiting terrorists said Friday he was not anti-American and expressed remorse before a federal judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Rahatul Ashikim Khan, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen and the son of a U.S. Army psychiatrist, is among what federal officials call a growing number of so-called homegrown terrorists who are trying to join or help Islamic insurgents fighting in Syria.

FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee said the bureau has identified roughly 200 people in the U.S. over the past couple years who have planned or traveled overseas to help insurgents.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FBI and Texas Rangers Investigate After Police Officer Found Dead

Police: Homicide suspected in off-duty Texas officer's death
CNN
By Catherine E. Shoichet
September 2, 2015
Story highlights
Police say Abilene Officer Don Allen's death is being treated as a homicide
They've described the manner of death as "suspicious," but haven't released details
There's no indication that "random law enforcement personnel are being targeted," chief says
(CNN)The death of an off-duty officer in Texas is being treated as a homicide, police said Tuesday.

Abilene Officer Don Allen was found dead Monday inside his home in Clyde. Investigators haven't released details about the manner of death, but have described it as "clearly suspicious."

"The circumstances behind his death indicate that the probable cause is homicide," police Chief Stan Standridge told reporters. "Aside from that, I'm not going to comment any further. ... I don't want to say anything today that would compromise our ability to hold these people accountable."

Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, with assistance from local police and the FBI.

Investigators haven't yet pinpointed a motive, and are pursuing numerous leads as they try to track down suspects, Standridge said.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Soldiers and Families Warned to Be Careful Online

FBI issues alert about 'Middle-Eastern males' approaching military families in Colorado, Wyoming
KRDO News
Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director
Aug 05, 2015

FORT CARSON, Colo.
Fort Carson responded Wednesday to an alert the FBI sent to law enforcement about Middle-Eastern men approaching and questioning military families in northern Colorado and Wyoming.

The alert, which you can read here, says that in May of this year, the wife of a US military member was approached in front of her home in Greeley by two Middle-Eastern men. It says the men said she was the wife of a US interrogator, which she denied. It says the men laughed and then got into a dark-colored sedan with two other Middle-Eastern men inside. The alert says the woman had seen the car in the neighborhood before.

The report also says that several similar incidents have been reported in Wyoming. It says the men in those cases tried to obtain personal information about military members through intimidation and that some family members have reported feeling scared. The FBI declined to comment on the alert when contacted by KRDO NewsChannel 13.

Fort Carson released the following statement in response to media requests for information about the alert:
"We are not aware of any specific threats to Fort Carson Soldiers, Family members or civilians.

However, we take seriously the protection of our community and ask that individuals be extra vigilant for any signs of suspicious activities. Fort Carson does not discuss its specific security measures; however, Soldiers and their families are continually reminded through various means to always keep security in mind and be careful about what they talk about in public and online through email and social media sites. To report suspicious activity at Fort Carson, you can call the military police desk at 719-526-2333 or 911."
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Former U.S. Marine Charged with Stealing Identities of Fellow Service Personnel

Former U.S. Marine Charged with Stealing Identities of Fellow Service Personnel in Scheme to Defraud Navy Federal Credit Union of More Than $138,000

U.S. Attorney’s Office
July 17, 2015

Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO—A former United States Marine from Calumet City stole the identities of several fellow Marines and used their information to illegally procure more than $138,000 from Navy Federal Credit Union, according to an indictment returned this week in federal court in Chicago.

While serving in Combat Logistics Regiment 3 at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan, LEONARD E. PARKER JR. obtained a Marine roster containing the personal information of several fellow Marines stationed at the camp, according to the indictment. After returning to the United States, Parker and a co-defendant, DONTREAL S. EVANS, allegedly used the Marines’ information to transfer approximately $138,798 from the Marines’ accounts into bank accounts belonging to individuals Parker and Evans had recruited into the scheme.

Parker and Evans offered to pay those individuals to allow Parker and Evans to control and access the accounts, the indictment states. The pair later withdrew funds and made purchases from the accounts they controlled, and kept the proceeds from the scheme, according to the indictment. Parker also allegedly filed false tax returns in the names of Marines whose personal information was on the roster.

The indictment, which was returned Thursday, charged Parker, 24, of Calumet City, with five counts of financial institution fraud; one count of aggravated identity theft; and four counts of filing false claims against the United States. Evans, 21, of Lansing, was charged in the indictment with three counts of financial institution fraud. The defendants’ arraignment in U.S. District Court in Chicago has not yet been scheduled.
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