LITHUANIAN NATIONAL INDICTED FOR RECEIVING STOLEN GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
AIVARIS SARMAITIS, age 23, a citizen of Lithuania, was indicted by a federal grand jury today and charged in a one-count indictment with receiving stolen government property, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, from May 2011 through February 2012, SARMAITIS communicated via e-mail and telephone with an undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent to negotiate the purchase of items he believed to be stolen from the U.S. military, specifically, a night vision image intensifier tube.
SARMAITIS had been previously charged by a criminal complaint, was arrested and appeared before a United States Magistrate in Miami, Florida on February 15, 2012. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber set a personal surety bond of $500,000, which has not yet been perfected by SARMAITIS.
If convicted, SARMAITIS faces a maximum term of ten (10) years imprisonment, and a $250,000.00 fine.
This case is being investigated by Special Agents U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations and prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory M. Kennedy.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims or have knowledge of waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721. You can also fax information to: (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to: firstname.lastname@example.org