Tes­ti­mony: Stolen mil­i­tary parts sold on black mar­ket

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than $1 mil­lion in weapons parts and sen­si­tive mil­i­tary equip­ment was stolen out of Fort Camp­bell, Ky., and sold in a vast black mar­ket, some of it to for­eign buy­ers through eBay, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony at a fed­eral trial.

John Roberts, of Clarksville, Tenn., was be­ing tried Wed­nes­day in Nashville on charges of wire fraud, con­spir­acy to steal and sell gov­ern­ment prop­erty, and vi­o­lat­ing the Arms Ex­port Con­trol Act. Six sol­diers and his civil­ian busi­ness part­ner made plea deals in exchange for their tes­ti­mony.

That for­mer busi­ness part­ner, Cory Wilson, tes­ti­fied that they would find sol­diers sell­ing mil­i­tary items through clas­si­fied ads or on Face­book, and then ask them for more ex­pen­sive and harder-to-find items. It was “fast easy money,” Wilson said.

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