Coast Guard Petty Officer Convicted Of Stealing Government Property
HOUSTON – Brandon Lee Scott, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class, of Dickinson, has entered a plea of guilty to theft of government property, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
At the hearing, Scott, 28, acknowledged the United States could prove he utilized a government issued credit card to buy nearly $3000 worth of electronics for his personal benefit. On June 30, 2011, Scott admitted he used a J.P. Morgan Chase purchase card to buy a 55-inch Samsung High Definition television set and two 10-inch Android WiFi gTablets having a total value of $2,659.97.
U.S. District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for April 29, 2013, at which time faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Scott was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.
The charge against Scott resulting in today’s guilty plea was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and the Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.