Thursday, April 22, 2021

Former Air Force employee indicted for stealing $774,000 in government funds

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A Maryland man who worked as an Air Force travel coordinator has been indicted on charges that he stole more than $774,000 in government funds.

Monday’s federal indictment in Maryland charges Eddie Ray Johnson Jr., 59, of Brandywine, with theft of government property and money laundering, prosecutors said in a news release.

Johnson was a civilian Air Force employee from January 2003 to February 2018. His duties included planning congressional travel and reviewing and approving accounting packages submitted by trip escorts, according to prosecutors.

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The indictment accuses Johnson of using a government-issued credit card to obtain more than $1.1 million in cash advances and diverting at least $774,000 for his personal use.

Johnson’s initial court appearance for the indictment wasn’t immediately scheduled.

The theft charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The money laundering charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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