Sunday, January 17, 2021

Military contractor indicted for stealing U.S. military equipment In Afghanistan

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Georgia man who worked for a government contractor was charged with stealing government equipment from a U.S. military base in Afghanistan even as a co-conspirator pleaded guilty to stealing military equipment including generators and even a truck.

The accused, identified as Varita V. Quincy, was allegedly a part of a theft ring stealing equipment from the Kandahar Airfield. Between late 2014 and mid-2015, the accused, along with Larry J. Green of Virginia and others, “conspired to steal equipment and military material,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice Thursday, July 9.

“Green identified items of value he wanted to steal, such as vehicles, generators, refrigerators, and other equipment.  He then negotiated the sale of those items with persons outside of the installation. Quincy created fictitious documents that allowed unknown and unvetted persons to access the installation and to remove the stolen items from the installation, thereby defeating vital security protocols and placing civilian and military personnel at risk.  Quincy shared in the profits of the stolen items,” the press release stated.

Quincy was indicted with one count of each of “conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit theft of property of value to the United States, theft of property of value to the United States, and making false official statements.”

Green, on the other hand, appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded guilty to one count each of “conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit theft of property of value to the United States worth over $300,000, theft of property of value to the United States; and aiding and abetting the submission of false statements.”

Another press release from the Department of Justice stated that Green, 43, had admitted that he and others “conspired to steal and did steal the property of value to the United States including generators and a truck.”

In order to achieve the theft of generators, Green “aided and abetted one of his co-conspirators, a security badging and escort pass supervisor, in creating false official documents to facilitate both the entry of unknown and unvetted Afghan nationals and their vehicles on to the military installation and the removal of the stolen property from the installation. The falsified documents were used to deceive security officers and gate guards and compromised the security of U.S. military and civilian personnel on the military installation,” the press release stated.

Original article on ibtimes.com

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