Small Gain Could Result in Long Prison Sentence

Indictment of federal employee for selling government property could result in prison and fines.

A federal employee who steals government property, even if the amount of the theft is relatively small, can find himself in a legal bind that will not only destroy a government career, it can result in considerable jail time.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania , Patrick Meehan, has announced the indictment of a federal employee for selling three computers that were the property of the US Government. According to the indictment, the computers had a value of approximately $3200.

Derrick Mack was employed as an Information Technology Specialist with the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia at the time he is alleged to have sold the computers in 2005.

If convicted of the crime he is alleged to have committed, he faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $750,000.

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