☷Two Air Force Non Commissioned Officers Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Government Property in Scheme to Steal U S Air Force Ammunition
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Two Air Force Non - Commissioned Officers Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Government Property in Scheme to Steal U . S . Air Force Ammunition Spokane , Washington – United States Air Force Staff Sergeants John I . Sanger and Eric A . Eagleton have been arrested on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Government Property . According to charging documents , Sanger , Eagleton , and others engaged in a conspiracy in March 2022 to steal ammunition belonging to the United States Government . As part of the scheme , Sanger , Eagleton , and their conspirators are alleged to have stolen thousands of rounds of U . S . Air Force ammunition . According to charging documents , they also falsified records at Fairchild Air Force Base to conceal the theft . U . S . Attorney Vanessa Waldref commended the joint efforts of law enforcement and emphasized the importance of safeguarding government property and resources . “As the U . S . Attorney , I will not tolerate any abuse of trust by those charged with protecting our great Nation and community . So many of those who serve at Fairchild Air Force Base are career public servants who sacrifice their time , energy , and even their lives to keep America safe . When individuals put their own interests ahead of others and abuse the public trust , those individuals dishonor the countless public servants who dedicate their lives to government and military service . I commend the FBI and Air Force Office of Special Investigations , who identified this scheme and who serve diligently to keep our country and communities safe and strong . ”“Members of our nation’s armed forces swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies , foreign and domestic , ” said Donald M . Voiret , Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Seattle Field Office . “There is no exception to set aside this oath to achieve personal goals . The FBI , along with our partners in the Air Force and U . S . Attorney’s Office , are upholding our oaths and ending this criminal conspiracy . ”As the Department of the Air Force’s federal law enforcement arm , the Office of Special Investigations ( OSI ) works closely with interagency partners to identify and neutralize threats to the force in any form to include the theft of government property and its use for criminal gain . “I am proud of the expertise and commitment that went into this difficult and complex operation from all involved . From its start , force protection and community safety were our top priorities . I am in awe of how our law enforcement partners came together to halt this dangerous conspiracy , ” stated Brigadier General Terry Bullard , Commander , OSI . The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Seattle Field Office , Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force ( “INJTTF” ) , and the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations ( OSI ) . This case is being prosecuted by Patrick J . Cashman , Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington . A complaint is merely an allegation , and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law .
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