HURLBURT FIELD AIRMAN AND HIS MOTHER
INDICTED FOR SELLING STOLEN MILITARY GEAR
S/SGT LEONARD SCHENK SOLD NIGHT VISION
GOGGLES, FLIGHT HELMETS, GPS EQUIPMENT
VIA eBAY, FEDS SAY - MEMBER OF 20TH SPECIAL
OPS SQDN NAMED IN MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT
MOM ALLEGEDLY HANDLED BILLING AND
SHIPPING TO MAIL-ORDER CUSTOMERS
A mother-and-son team of crooks ripped off the Air Force, stealing night-vision goggles, flight helmets and GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment and selling it on eBay to customers overseas, according to a federal indictment.
Staff Sgt. Leonard Schenk, 26, is also in trouble for making threats against a federal law enforcement officer in a bungled murder-for-hire plot hatched from his cell in the Escambia County Jail.
The thug like, tattooed creep, stupidly solicited harm for the cop via telephone, despite printed warnings that all phone calls in the lockup are recorded.
As for his momma, 41 year-old Jerri Stringer of Picayune, Miss., she is accused of handling the shipping and billing end of the illicit business. Customers for the pilfered goods came from Belgium, New Zealand and Germany.
HURLBURT FIELD NCO RAN STOLEN GOODS OPERATION FOR 18 MONTHS
The NCO, assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., is said to have operated the illegal mail-order operation between December 2005 and April of this year.
"He looked more like a gang-banging biker than a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force," said a MilitaryCorruption.com CI (confidential informant) at the northwest Florida military base.
Schenk has pleaded not guilty in federal court and his trial is scheduled to begin October 1st. It is not clear yet whether or not his alleged partner in crime will testify against her son at the legal proceedings.
According to the federal indictment, Schenk used the name "Nathaniel" in all his transactions and received plenty of loot for the stolen goods. Court papers showed Schenk got up to $3500 for a pair of night-vision goggles.
The buyers of the stolen gear appear to be legitimate customers who wanted the items for EMS and fire personnel overseas. They apparently were unaware that "Nathaniel" was an active-duty Air Force noncom and that the material bought was stolen U.S. government property.
Investigators said a bank account and online currency-transfer Web site used to complete a number of transactions was set up in Stringer's name.