ARMY FINANCE OFFICER GETS FOUR YEARS
IN PRISON - SMUGGLED $400,000 INTO STATES
STUFFED IN DUFFLE BAG - CPT DAVID GILLIAM
PLANNED THEFT WHILE AT KANDAHAR AIR BASE
AFGHANISTAN - FORMER DISBURSING AGENT
STOLE CASH BETWEEN APRIL OF 2004 AND 2005
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS OFFICER DEPOSITED
LOOT IN HONOLULU BANKS - LARGE AMOUNTS
CAUGHT FEDS ATTENTION - CHARGES GILLIAM
CONVICTED ON: THEFT, MONEY LAUNDERING
AND FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN
CPT David Gilliam thought he was pretty clever.
The Army disbursing officer from the 125th Finance Bn. at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii had amassed some $400,000 in cash during his year at Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan.
His only problem was how to safely get the loot into the USA. This he solved by stuffing the greenbacks into a duffle bag and shipping the stolen money to his home in the Aloha state. It went through without a hitch.
But Gilliam wasn't as smart as he thought.
BIG BANK TRANSACTION CATCHES ATTENTION OF THE FEDS
With all those greenbacks he could have "sat on" for a while, the captain decided to deposit a big chunk of the dough in a Honolulu bank and then withdraw a similar amount in a cashier's check. His aim was to buy a luxury house on the island.
Most people who work with figures know the Feds are always watching to see if anyone engages in a bank transaction of $10,000 or more.
Gilliam's money laundering was way in excess of that. Alarm bells went off, and soon the corrupt captain was under investigation.
The greedy finance officer 'fessed up immediately after investigators put him under the hot lights. He could have received up to 13 years in the slammer for his crimes, which included filing a false income tax return.
Instead, because of his guilty plea and "co-operation," the 39 year-old thief got off with a four year, two-month prison sentence. He also was ordered by a federal judge to pay $450,000 in restitution to the United States government.