OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JOHN F. WOOD
Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106
APRIL 15, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO LAKE CITY EMPLOYEES INDICTED FOR
SABOTAGE OF WAR MATERIALS
CHARGED WITH STEALING THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF COPPER
USED TO MANUFACTURE BULLETS FOR THE ARMY
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two employees of a firm operating at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., have been indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing more than 16,000 pounds of copper components used to manufacture ammunition for the U.S. Army, which they sold for scrap metal.
Charles Dale Osborn, 45, of Odessa, Mo., and Timothy Duane Langevin, 36, of Independence, Mo., were charged in a 10-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Monday, April 14, 2008. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrest and initial court appearance of Osborn.
The federal indictment alleges that Osborn and Langevin participated in a conspiracy to steal specially fabricated copper components, known in the munitions industry as bullet cups, which are used to manufacture copper-jacketed 7.62 mm bullets, from the Lake City plant from Sept. 27, 2007, through March 28, 2008. Osborn and Langevin allegedly delivered the bullet cups for destruction to the Fusselman Salvage Company in Moberly, Mo.
The diversion of bullet cups, the indictment says, interfered with and obstructed the ability of the United States to prepare for and carry on war activities by interrupting the supply of 7.62 mm rounds of ammunition to the U.S. Army. The 7.62 mm rounds are manufactured by Alliant Techsystems, Inc., at the Lake City plant under a contract with the U.S. Army to deliver 7.62 mm ammunition to be used by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Osborn and Langevin were employed as machine repairmen by Alliant Techsystems during the course of the conspiracy.
According to the indictment, Osborn and Langevin diverted approximately 16,528 pounds of copper bullet cups from the Lake City plant to Fusselman Salvage Company. That amount of copper would otherwise have produced approximately 1.5 million rounds of ammunition, and amounts to more than two weeks’ production of 7.62 mm ammunition. Osborn and Langevin allegedly shared approximately $45,362 in proceeds from salvaging the copper material, which was valued at $78,838.
Osborn and Langevin initially used five gallon buckets to transport the bullet cups from the grounds of Lake City to the salvage company, the indictment says. Later, the conspirators allegedly used a company forklift to move entire skids of large boxes containing the bullet cups to a pickup truck for transport. Finally, the indictment says, the amounts of material became so large that the conspirators rented a U-Haul trailer to transport the material.
In addition to the conspiracy, the indictment charges Osborn with eight counts of sabotage. The indictment alleges that Osborn destroyed war material, knowing that his actions may obstruct the United States in preparing for or carrying on war and defense activities.
The indictment also charges Langevin with one count of sabotage. The indictment alleges that Langevin destroyed war material, knowing that his actions may obstruct the United States in preparing for or carrying on war and defense activities.
Under federal statutes, if convicted Osborn and Langevin could be subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole for conspiracy and up to 30 years in federal prison without parole for each of the sabotage counts, plus a fine up to $250,000 on each count and an order of restitution.
Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Cowles. It was investigated by the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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