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Military couple profited from stolen weapons parts, optics and other gear, indictment says | Army Times

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The Army major and her husband have been accused of theft, money laundering, and fraud using military equipment.

Between 2018 and 2022, a soldier reportedly stole surplus military equipment and sold it for a profit. Prosecutors assert that Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Hammond served with the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. According to the indictment, he exploited his position to obtain government-owned objects, which he subsequently marketed or retained for his use: his wife, Army Maj. Heather Hammond is accused of assisting in establishing the investment accounts and supporting him.

Lance Cpl. Timothy Hammond and his wife are charged in the indictment with theft of U.S. government property, wire fraud, and money laundering.

A manufacturer attempted to persuade another manufacturer to fix rifle scopes under a government-issued guarantee. It is unclear from the paper whether or not this strange communication was the impetus for the inquiry that led to the prosecution of the Hammonds. The counsel for Mr. Hammond could not be contacted immediately for comment.

Source: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2022/06/08/military-couple-profited-from-stolen-weapons-parts-optics-and-other-gear-indictment-says/

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