Thursday, April 30, 2015

Marine Indicted for Stealing, Selling Guns and Body Armor

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM

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A Memphis Marine Corps reservist has been indicted on charges of stealing and selling government assault rifles, ammunition, and body armor.

A federal grand jury indicted Armando Jaime Vazquez, Jr., 21, of Memphis, of selling nearly $24,000 worth of government property this year.

According to the indictment, he stole and sold:

• a Marine Corps issued Improved Load Bearing Equipment (ILBE) pack
• desert tan body armor
• ammunition magazines for M-16 style rifles;
• a Quiet Pro communications headset
• a ballistic helmet with camouflage cover
• 2 Beretta M9 inert training aids
• a Bushmaster Blue Fire M4
• a Bushmaster Blue Fire M-16 A4 with an accompanying magazine

Also, the indictment said that back in January, Vazquez illegally removed an $89,000 military-issued Hummer and a $150,000 Tractor, Rubber Tired, Articulated Steering, Multipurpose Vehicle (TRAM) from the USMC Reserve Center in Memphis.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

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