Marine Sergeant Sentenced For Theft Of Government Property
PHILADELPHIA - Christopher Cook, 30, a former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who had been assigned to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to five years probation, with the first eight months to be served in a community confinement center, for theft and destruction of U.S. government property. The charges arise from the defendant’s theft of approximately 60,000 pounds of aluminum helicopter landing pads and other metal objects from that base worth approximately $377,617. On 22 separate occasions, between August 2010 and February 2011, Cook visited a local scrap metal dealer and exchanged the stolen aluminum landing pads and other metal objects for more than $50,000 in cash. He used the proceeds to pay for, among other things, trips, jewelry, clothing, entertainment, and repairs to his truck.
In addition to the probationary term, U.S. District Court Judge William H. Yohn, Jr. ordered Cook to pay restitution in the amount of $377,617 and a special assessment of $200.
The case was investigated by Naval Criminal Investigative Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Pease.
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