MARINE FIGHTER-PILOT GETS YEAR IN PRISON
FOR FRAUD - STOLE $440,000 IN RECONSTRUCTION
FUNDS IN IRAQ - MAJ MARK FULLER TO PAY $200K
FINE IN "PLEA DEAL" WITH FEDS - YUMA, AZ BASED
PILOT TRIED TO HIDE THEFT BY DEPOSITING CASH
IN NUMEROUS BANKS - ALL UNDER $10k - CRIMINAL
ACTS TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 2005 AND 2006

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He was a high-flying Marine fighter-pilot, but now Maj. Mark Fuller's military career is over. The 43 year-old officer "crashed and burned" after being caught stealing $440,000 in "reconstruction funds" while stationed at Camp Fallujah, Iraq.

The thefts occurred between October 2005 and April 2006 while Fuller was a project officer in the 5th Civil Affairs Group.

Now he is on his way to prison. It may be only a year - 10 months and parole, if he gets time off for "good behavior" - but Fuller is out of the Marines and never will see a pension check. Greed got the best of him.

In a plea bargain with the feds, Fuller does the year in the slammer and coughs up a $200,000 fine.

Actually, he got off easy. He could have received a far longer sentence. But he admitted his scam, and instead of facing 22 counts of criminal behavior, it was whittled down to just two - of "structuring financial transactions.

SMUGGLED MONEY DEPOSITED IN NUMEROUS BANK ACCOUNTS

Fuller thought he was smart when he smuggled the cash home in bricks of hundred dollar bills, then deposited the loot in a number of banks, always being careful to keep the amounts under $10,000. The reason for that is any transaction over that number sets off alarm bells with bank officials.

It was an eagle-eyed clerk at the Navy Federal Credit Union who brought Fuller's scheme into the open.

Curious why Fuller was making numerous deposits, and always with crisp hundred dollar bills, the clerk asked where the money was coming from. Maj. Fuller casually mentioned he'd recently "sold some personal property," thus coming into the pile of cash. The story didn't fly, and officials were notified.

A trail of under-ten grand deposits was discovered at Chase and Bank of America, as well as the credit union, and investigators soon had an airtight case.

The F-5 fighter-pilot, stationed at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Arizona, was sentenced in federal court, Phoenix. He had been free on his own personal recognizance.

 

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