Man Indicted for Selling Stolen Military Property and Drug Possession
RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned an indictment charging SCOTT DOUGLAS BROWNING, age 40, of Fayetteville, NC, with 2-counts of willfully and knowingly receiving, concealing and retaining stolen property belonging to the United States military, 1-count of shipping the stolen items overseas in violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 1-count of knowingly and intentionally possessing oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and 1-count of knowingly and intentionally possessing testosterone.
BROWNING conspired with numerous individuals to steal government property and military equipment. He utilized eBay accounts to sell and export the stolen equipment to the Netherlands without having first obtained from the Department of State a license for such export or written authorization for such export and after he had been formally notified such transactions were in violation of federal export law. He also sold over $1.5 million of stolen military equipment within the United States. Additionally, BROWNING possessed oxycodone and testosterone.
If convicted of these charges BROWNING would face maximum penalties of forty-two years’ imprisonment, $1,700,000 fine and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jason Kellhofer and Assistant United States Attorney Eleanor Morales are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.