FORMER SAILOR PLEADS GUILTY TO HUGE
CREDIT CARD $CAM - YOKEIA GIBBS GETS
TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR $363,000 RIP-OFF
BOUGHT AND SOLD BIG SCREEN TVs
COMPUTERS AND DIGITAL CAMERAS
FEDS WENT EASY ON FEMALE THIEF SINCE
OTHER ARRESTS IMMINENT THANKS TO
HER "COOPERATION" IN INVESTIGATION
Yokeia Gibbs got greedy when the Navy issued the former sailor a government purchase card.
The South Carolina native was supposed to use the card to purchase items for her command, but when she saw how unsupervised things were and how easy it was to buy lots of "goodies" and get away with it, she went hog wild.
Prosecutors said Gibbs ran up a tab of more than $363,000 when she purchased, then sold to civilians, 162 computers, 65 "big-screen" TVs, and at least 22 digital cameras.
A Navy auditor finally caught the discrepencies in the paperwork and sounded the alarm.
A LIGHT SENTENCE IN EXCHANGE FOR HELPING THE FEDS NAB OTHERS
If it wasn't for a plea bargain deal worked out between federal prosecutors and her defense attorney, David Price, Gibbs could have gone away for a good many years.
But the lucky convicted criminal received a relative '"slap-on-the-wrist" when she agreed to help the Navy catch others that were involved in the purchase card scheme.
For her "cooperation," Gibbs will do just two years in the slammer. Maybe less, with time off for "good behavior." As part of the court agreement, she has promised to make restitution for the money she fraudulently spent.
Sentence was passed down Saturday (August 9) by U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Friedman in Norfolk (Va.) Federal Court.