Two get prison terms after selling sensitive military gear from Camp Mabry

| November 21, 2020 | 6 Comments

The KoB sends in word on the sentencing for these two lovely fellas.

Two former government employees were sentenced on Thursday to a few years in prison after they pleaded guilty to selling sensitive military equipment stolen from Camp Mabry, some of which was recovered.

Joseph Mora, a 36-year-old who worked as a program analyst for the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office, was sentenced to three years. Cristal Avila, a 27-year-old who worked for the Texas Army National Guard, was sentenced to two years.

They also were ordered to pay $2.4 million in restitution for equipment that was not recovered, said Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Investigators analyzed Mora’s financial records and found that he made more than $563,000 from the scheme and Avila made more than $34,000, officials said.

From 2016 to 2019, Mora and Avila stole large quantities of government property, including scopes, infrared laser aiming devices and thermal night vision goggles, that were worth an estimated $2.4 million, according to court records. Mora and Avila later sold the stolen goods on eBay and elsewhere.

“These schemes could potentially provide an opportunity for foreign adversaries to obtain sensitive U.S. equipment,” said agent Shane Folden with Homeland Security Investigations.

Mora and Avila each pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property in August.

Mora began working in 2013 at a warehouse at Camp Mabry, a National Guard installation in West Austin, where he was responsible for receiving and storing military equipment, court records say.

Mora began stealing items from the warehouse in December 2016, a court plea agreement says. Avila would then falsify or withhold data from the property tracking logs she was responsible for maintaining.

Mora compensated Avila once an item sold online, records say.

Federal agents searched the homes of Mora and Avila in 2019 and found a pallet of night vision goggles, tripods, satellite phones, firearm scopes, radios and heavy-duty cases containing aiming lights at Mora’s home, officials said.

They steal $2.4M worth of equipment and they can only get $600k for it. What is the world of black market military equipment coming to?

Source; MSN

Category: "Teh Stoopid", Crime

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  1. OlafTheTanker says:

    To be fair… /Letterkenny

    That’s what the Government paid for them on a Govt. Contract, those items probably weren’t even really worth Retail what they tried to sell them for online.

    But still, only a few years and not even the make big rocks into little rocks kind?

    Disappointing.

  2. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    They steal $2.4M worth of equipment and they can only get $600k for it. What is the world of black market military equipment coming to?

    Their marketing skills suck!

  3. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    Prison time? They should be shot and/or hung by the neck for treason, for aiding and abetting the enemy in time of war.

    • KoB says:

      ^THIS^ “…hung by the neck…” On a short rope with little to no drop, feet untied so they can dance and twist as they kick the air, their bodies fighting to survive the eventual strangulation that will result from a slow ghastly death…in public…film at 11 (2300) “…to encourage the others.”

      I hate a thief, no Momma said I shouldn’t hate anything or anybody. I purely despise a thief. Guess what I could hate is the lack of swift, sure, harsh punishment that was meted out. One (1) count? DaHell?? A pallet full of MY taxpayer bought stuff. This is why this kinda crap goes on. And what do you think the odds are that we will ever see the restitution made? Yeah, me too…slim and none.

      I hope a lot of this couple’s true punishment comes from him becoming a different type of anal-ist at the PHITA Iron Bar Lounge and is assigned salad tossing detail and sampling of man meat sammichs with creame of sum yung guy soup at the BTJ&T Deli. May she “enjoy” administering the needs of Big Bertha and Strap on Sally.

  4. USAFRetired says:

    How much was the pallet of stuff recovered worth. Maybe they were good salesman and just hadn’t sold enough product yet. Regardless now they are convicted felons hopefully they enjoy their time turning big rocks into little rocks and not in the Andy Dufresne kind of way.

  5. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    That’s some costly free stuff, eh?

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