Former New River Marine Sentenced For Embezzlement
NEW BERN – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today that in federal court on June 3, 2014, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced WILLIAM FERNANDO CARPIO , 37, to 37 months imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution to the United States Government in the amount of $1,012,875.06.
CARPIO was named in a Criminal Information filed on July 26, 2013 charging him with Larceny of Government Property, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. On February 21, 2014, CARPIO pled guilty to that charge.
According to the investigation, between March 2012 and February 2013, CARPIO embezzled property belonging to the United States. Investigators seized $354,180.40 from an account controlled by CARPIO. In February, 2013, law enforcement was tipped off that CARPIO, then a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, was mailing suspicious packages using a non-local return address. Further investigation revealed CARPIO, who had supervisory responsibility over military supplies at the New River Air Station, was engaged in large scale embezzlement of government property which he sold to businesses over the internet.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Special Assistant United States Attorney Mark Griffith prosecuted the case.