COLONEL STOLE BETWEEN $30 AND $70,000 FROM
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Crimes does pay - if you're a colonel in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
Gerard Mangis, charged with conspiracy, theft and fraud, found that out when a judge in Pittsburgh Federal Court slapped him on the wrist and let him off easy.
The 61 year-old now-retired Air Guard officer could have received five years in prison for stealing between $30 and $70,000 in undeserved pay. His scam involved a civilian contractor at the airport who was in charge of maintaining time records. The fellow criminal routinely marked Col. Mangis down as "present" for duty.
The bird colonel also used U.S. military personnel to do home improvements for him and even change the oil in his car. A real cheap bastard.
NO PRISON TIME FOR MANGIS
U.S. District Court Judge Gustav Diamond could have sent the crooked colonel to prison for five years, but opted to spare him any time behind bars. Mangis gets to remain in his home, keep his fat pension, and is supposed to perform 100 hours of community service. He will also be ordered to make a monetary restitution at a future date.
The light "punishment" outraged Asst. U.S. Attorney Greg Melucci, who argued not sending Mangis to prison would be "an affront to all the people in the military who serve their country without stealing from it."
Soft-headed Judge Diamond disagreed. "A person like the colonel, who has led an exemplary life, should be entitled to a break," he said.
Mangis had been the vice commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing at the airport.