Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Defense contractors gets jail time stealing from injured Marines

Man sentenced for stealing from injured troops
U-T San Diego
By Susan Shroder
MAY 20, 2013

SAN DIEGO — An Oceanside man who U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy said sought to profit at the expense of injured U.S. troops was sentenced Monday for stealing medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that was to be shipped to Marines overseas.

Michael Tuisee, 34, was one of three civilian defense contractors charged in the case. All three men worked at medical-supply warehouses on the base.

The other defendants, Henry Bonilla, 25, of Pomona, and Richard Navarro, 39, of Fallbrook, are scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 30. All three pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to engage in theft of government property.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo sentenced Tuisee to six months in prison, then six months of house arrest and three years of supervised release. Tuisee also was ordered to pay nearly $180,000 in restitution to the Marine Corps and forfeit $8,250 in illegal proceeds.
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