CROOKED FIELD-GRADE GETS A BREAK - ARMY MAJ
CHARLES SUBLETT ESCAPES UP TO 5 YEARS IN THE
SLAMMER FOR SMUGGLING DOLLARS INTO STATES
FROM IRAQ - ONLY HAS TO SERVE 21 MONTHS
BUT MILITARY CAREER OVER - NABBED BY ALERT
CUSTOMS OFFICIALS IN MEMPHIS - INSPECTED "ODD
PACKAGE" - FOUND OVER $100,000 IN US CURRENCY
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"Close, but no cigar." That's what we used to say in Vietnam after an early-morning Viet Cong attack, when we'd find enemy dead in the wire. Some with unexploded satchel charges.
MAJ Charles E. Sublett (yes, that is a weird name) almost got away with smuggling more than $100,000 in greenbacks into the USA from Iraq. But "almost" is never good enough to win, and alert U.S., Customs officials in Memphis in January 2005 opened an oddly-wrapped package and discovered the loot. The law is no one can bring more than $10,000 into the country without declaring it. The major was, shall we say, "way over the limit."
The plan was, court papers show, to mail the cash to his wife in Killeen, Tex.. But Sublett wasn't too bright. The C-notes were numbered sequentially, and would surely raise a red flag in any bank he tried to deposit the loot. However, the major didn't even get that far. Once the authorities saw the money - plus some $11,600 in Iraqi Dinars - they knew they had the case cinched.
COULD HAVE GONE TO PRISON FOR TWICE AS LONG
However, Sublett did catch a break.
The Army officer cut a plea bargain deal with the Feds and only has to do 21 months behind bars. That's less than half of the five years he could have received for his crimes. Prosecutors dropped a cash smuggling charge and only hit him with "lying about the contents of the package" when he'd been questioned by officials.
47 year-old Charles Sublett isn't the brightest bulb in the galaxy. And now he can contemplate for the rest of his life, throwing away his military career and the fat paycheck that went with it, for a moment of stupid greed.
Let that be a warning to any others who think making a fast buck at Uncle Sam's expense is a done deal. Sometimes it isn't.