ARMY OFFICER CAUGHT SMUGGLING $100 BILLS
INTO USA FROM IRAQ CUTS PLEA BARGAIN DEAL
WITH FEDS - MAJ CHARLES SUBLETT TO CHANGE
"NOT GUILTY PLEA" MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM
HAS LEARNED - HAD BEEN FACING FIVE YEARS IN
PRISON AND $250,000 FINE - CONTRACT OFFICER
WAS WORKING AT CAMP ANACONDA, NORTH
OF BAGHDAD - 46 YEAR-OLD ALABAMA NATIVE
SHIPPED HOME "STACKS" OF $100 DOLLAR BILLS

Here we go again. We could start a regular feature on the latest U.S. military officer from Iraq or Afghanistan to get busted by the Feds for contract fraud and/or trying to smuggle into our country packages of American currency.

One officer who got caught - Maj. Charles E. Sublett - that's right, that's his name - has cut a deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Memphis, Tenn. to change his "not guilty" plea to "guilty" before he appears in federal court July 7 for sentencing. He'd been indicted in January on charges of bulk cash smuggling and making a false statement.

The field-grade knew the law says you must "declare" any cash amounts over $10,000 brought in from overseas, but he thought he'd try his luck and slip some $108,000 in C-notes into the States via the mail, however, customs agents intercepted the cash when they opened the package and didn't find what was listed on the outer cover. All the hundred dollar bills, by the way, were numbered sequentially. Sublett obviously won't win any prizes for being a rocket scientist.

You can't blame the 46 year-old Huntsville, Ala. native for "cutting his losses." If he'd stuck to his original "not guilty" plea and was convicted, he could have received up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. By saving the government some time and expense, Sublett may get a couple years cut off his incarceration.

THE MAJOR THOUGHT HE'D GET AWAY WITH IT - HE DIDN'T

It all seemed so simple. Just wrap the bricks of hundred dollar bills in paper and ship them home in the mail in a box. If he succeeded, that money would be worth even more than face value, simply because it was free and (hopefully for the major) its existence unknown to the IRS. He was wrong.

Court papers show the failed scam was orchestrated between August of 2004 and February 2005, while Sublett was reviewing and approving supply contracts in the Balad Regional Contracting Center at Camp Anaconda, about 50 miles north of Baghdad.

In addition to the U.S. greenbacks, investigators tell MilitaryCorruption.com Sublett also tried to slip past Customs some 17 million Iraqi Dinars - then worth $11,600 in American bucks.
How the major intended to convert the foreign bills into our currency is unknown.

It never ceases to amaze us how many officers - all the way up to the rank of colonel - are willing to risk pension and prison to sneak piles of illegal cash into the USA. Many have been caught, as regular readers of MCC know. Undoubtedly many more will be nabbed. The heat is on. But the temptation to steal and get away with it is very strong.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Below, is our popular "related stories box." If we listed every relevant story we've done on this topic, it'd be a mile long. So we've chosen a sample of four of our past articles on this type of crime. Each one of them has links to other stories at the end of their text. So you can see, this is a big problem. and it's not going away anytime soon. As long as there is greed in the world, people will try and get away with what this guy clearly did not.]


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