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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Two former Department of Defense employees sentenced for embezzlement charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Sergeant First Class Shane Morgan with the West Virginia Army National Guard and Master Sergeant (retired) Russell Morgan were sentenced today for charges related to the embezzlement and unlawful sale of government property, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Shane Morgan, age 35, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, and Russell Morgan, age 61, of Helvetia, West Virginia, were each sentenced to four years probation. Each pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Embezzle Government Property” in September 2018. The two men admitted to stealing at least 80 items of United States government property worth an estimated total of more than $80,000. The men obtained access to this property through their official positions at the United States Property and Fiscal Office warehouse in Buckhannon. The crimes took place from August 2010 to October 2017 in Upshur County.

Shane and Russell Morgan were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,614.45. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar is prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The West Virginia Army National Guard and the West Virginia State Police investigated. 

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated March 28, 2019