US soldiers sold military equipment through eBay

More than $1M in equipment sold to buyers in Russia, China via eBay

US soldiers sold military equipment through eBay

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Eight Americans, including six soldiers, were charged with stealing and selling more than $1 million worth of "sensitive" army equipment, U.S. officials said Thursday. 

The equipment was sold through eBay to anonymous customers, including some located in foreign countries such as China, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Malaysia, Romania, Russia, Mexico and Ukraine, according to a written statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of Tennessee.    

"The items sold included sniper telescopes and rifle accessories, machine gun parts and accessories, grenade launcher sights, flight helmets, communication headsets, body armor and medical supplies," the statement said.

U.S. Attorney David Rivera told The Tennessean newspaper the materials were "extraordinarily and inherently dangerous in the wrong hands and outside of the military or police tactical use."

The six soldiers were stationed at the Fort Campbell military base that lies on the Kentucky and Tennessee borders. They include Michael Barlow, 29, Jonathan Wolford, 28, Kyle Heade, 29, Alexander Hollibaugh, 25, Dustin Nelson, 22, and Aaron Warner, 24. They face a litany of charges that include conspiracy, theft, receipt and the unauthorized sale of government property.

The two others are civilians John Roberts, 26, and Jason Cory Wilson, 42, both from Clarksville, Tennessee. 

Their charges include conspiracy, money laundering, wire fraud and violating the Arms Export Control Act.

Five of the suspects are currently in custody and authorities are working to arrest the other three, authorities said. 

Rivera said each defendant faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Roberts and Wilson face up to 20 years for each count of wire fraud and violating the Arms Export Control Act. Wilson faces an additional 20 years on the money laundering charge. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ekim 2016, 09:41