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Criminal Resource Manual 1648 Protection Of Government Property -- Civil Air Patrol Property


Protection of Government Property—Civil Air Patrol Property

The Civil Air Patrol (C.A.P.) is officially an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, but is actually no more than a private corporation chartered by act of Congress and operating without any federal funds. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, S.Rep. No. 40, 86th Cong., 1st Sess., 11-12 (1959). See also Pearl v. United States, 230 F.2d 243, 245 (10th Cir. 1956). Therefore, as a general rule, a theft of C.A.P. property could not be covered by 18 U.S.C. § 641. However, close attention must be directed to the manner in which local C.A.P. auxiliaries acquire surplus government property to determine whether specific goods constitute property of the United States.

[cited in USAM 9-66.200]

Updated February 19, 2015