NAVY GUNNER'S MATE 1ST CLASS INDICTED
FEDS SAY WILFRED BOULTON STOLE MORE
THAN 50 HIGH-TECH GUN SIGHTS - SOLD THEM
TO ILLEGAL ARMS MERCHANT - WAS MEMBER
OF EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL UNIT 11
WHIDBEY ISLAND SAILOR FACES CHARGES OF
"TRAFFICKING" IN STOLEN GOVT PROPERTY
COULD GET UP TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON
What kind of sailor would steal high-tech gun sights and sell them to an arms dealer who then
peddled them overseas? Someone so greedy and without concern for his fellow service members, he didn't care if the purloined equipment someday was used against us by enemies of the United States.
Gunner's Mate 1st Class Wilfred Boulton has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he stole and trafficked in more than 50 of the mechanisms, valued at $800 each.
If convicted, the 29 year-old gunner's mate could find himself in Leavenworth for the next ten years. That's a "slap-on-the-wrist," in our opinion. If guilty, he deserves twice that time in the slammer.
ALLEGED TO HAVE STOLEN HIGH-TECH GEAR OVER A 21-MONTH PERIOD
Court papers show the thefts took place between September 2007 and June of this year, while Boulton was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 11 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
The Lafayette, La. native allegedly did business with a Florida arms merchant who later sold the high-tech gear overseas. MilitaryCorruption.com was unable to nail down what country was involved, but it could have been Iraq or Afghanistan or another nation unfriendly to America.
Boulton, a 10-year Navy veteran, was arrested on June 22 and a federal indictment against him was unsealed Sept. 14th.
While the gunner's mate has yet to face trial, it's a safe bet this rat is going to spend a considerable time behind bars.
He'll never make "chief" now.