2 local Department of Defense Employees admit to embezzlement charges

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Two Department of Defense employees from West Virginia admitted to embezzlement charges on Monday, according to a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office.

In June, a Federal Grand Jury indicted former Department of Defense employees Sergeant First Class Shane Morgan, 35, of Buckhannon with the West Virginia Army National Guard and retired Master Sergent Russell Morgan, 61, of Helvetia on embezzlement charges.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, both men were charged with one count of conspiracy to embezzle government property, and one count of embezzlement of government property. Additionally, Shane Morgan has been charged with one count of unauthorized sale of government property, and one count of false written statement. More information on these charges can be found here, or our website.

Both Shane Morgan and Russell Morgan pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle government property on Monday, the US Attorney’s Office said. Both men admitted to stealing at least 80 items of United States government property, worth an estimated total of more than $80,000. The men obtained access to this property through their official positions at the United States Property and Fiscal Office warehouse in Buckhannon, and the crimes took place between August 2010 and October 2017 in Upshur County.

According to the United States Attorney General’s Office, both men face up to five years incarceration, and a fine of up to $250,000. The United States Attorney General’s Office also said that under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia Army National Guard and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

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