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A case of greed, abuse of power, and sheer lack of common sense is making an example out of Jasen Minter, 41, of Fayetteville, Georgia, and Louis E. Nock, 45, of Orlando, Florida.The FBI announces Minter, once a Captain, and Nock, formerly a Sergeant, have appeared before a judge to hear charges of conspiracy and theft.
The alleged incidents took place while the two finance officers were assigned to the U.S. Military Training Mission in Saudi Arabia, where American troops train and assist the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces.
A press release on the FBI website details the allegations:
The indictment alleges that while serving in Saudi Arabia, Minter and Nock embezzled over $2,700,000 from a U.S. government bank account at the Saudi Arabia American Bank (SAMBA) in Riyadh. Funds in this government account were to be used to operate the USMTM finance office, which supports U.S. troops.
The indictment alleges that Minter and Nock conspired to withdraw the $2.7 million in two transactions but never delivered the monies to the finance office. Instead, they shipped it back to the United States to fund luxurious lifestyles for themselves and their families.
The two men face a possible maximum sentence of five years in jail for conspiracy, another 10 years for theft, and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
Stealing from the government — whether its money, sensitive information, or military equipment — rarely goes down well.
But it’s the breach of trust committed against fellow troops which is so glaring. As the release states, Minter and Nock stole funds intended to support U.S. service members and their mission in Saudi Arabia.
Taking advantage of comrades or “screwing over” someone in your unit is just unacceptable, with servicemembers from all branches of the U.S. military familiar with the term “Blue Falcon” — describing someone who watches out for only himself and drags everyone else through the mud (BF – Buddy F*****).
We previously reported another case where Iraq veteran John Watkins pleaded guilty to stealing up to $30,000 in military gear meant for his fellow soldiers during their deployment. He was responsible for his unit’s inventory of supplies, funded by taxpayer dollars, and purchased for troops conducting critical night raids.
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