MARINE MAJOR PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING
IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION FUNDS - TRIED TO
DEPOSIT NEW $100 BILLS IN STATESIDE BANKS
FIGHTER-PILOT MARK FULLER CUTS DEAL WITH
U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN PHOENIX - WILL
PAY $300,000 FINE AT $3K A MONTH - HOPES
FOR MINIMAL JAIL TIME - MARINE RESERVIST
WAS CONTRACT OFFICER FOR 5TH CIVIL
AFFAIRS GROUP, IRAQ, FROM 2005 TO 2006
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Greed got the best of a Marine fighter-pilot who served in Iraq, and now he faces jail time and heavy fines after being caught stealing funds meant for Iraqi reconstruction projects. The money was taken from the "Commander's Emergency Response Program."
Mark R. Fuller, a USMCR officer from Yuma, AZ, was contract officer for the 5th Civil Affairs Group between 2005 - 2006. The smiling major was pictured at the time, passing out volley balls to Iraqi children in a heart-warming article in STARS and STRIPES. But that was then, and this is now. Just a few years later, Fuller has pleaded guilty to stealing $32,000 in cash that was supposed to go to rebuild war-torn villages. Instead, the Marine officer pocketed the money and smuggled it back to the USA.
The 42 year-old made a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix that he would pay $300,000 in fines at $3,000 a month. He also faces an undetermined number of years in prison.
COULD HAVE "GONE AWAY" FOR VERY LONG TIME
IF NOT FOR PLEA BARGAIN DEAL WITH PROSECUTORS
Fuller, who had been assigned to a Marine Corps Reserve training squadron at Yuma, had originally been hit with 22 felony counts and could have received a maximum penalty of up to 100 years in the slammer.
At the very minimum, Fuller's military career is over. No pension, no bennies. His desire for easy money, and a certain amount of stupidity, did him in.
While the major was careful to deposit under $10,000 in each of 91 separate bank transactions he made, he did it with brand-new C-notes. The hundred dollar bills had sequential serial numbers, and somewhere along the line - the Feds aren't saying how they nabbed him - Fuller slipped up and got caught.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in Phoenix Federal Court before Judge David Campbell on Nov. 1st.