Skip to main content
Press Release

Pitkin man pleads guilty to stealing from Fort Polk consumer goods store

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Pitkin man pleaded guilty to stealing more than $13,000 from the Fort Polk Post Exchange.

Darian Chad Pottmeyer, 40, of Pitkin, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to one count of theft of government money. According to the guilty plea, Pottmeyer, who was a cashier at the Post Exchange store on the Fort Polk military base, stole more than $13,000 from January 2014 to November 2014. An investigation using surveillance video at the store showed Pottmeyer placing money into his register without logging the sale.  Pottmeyer would then, at opportune times, steal the money from the register.  After being confronted about the thefts, Pottmeyer admitted to stealing at least $60 per day during the scheme.

Pottmeyer faces up to 10 years in prison, three years supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution. A sentencing date of December 10, 2015 was set.

The U.S. Army Criminal Command investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 8, 2015