Navy officer steals millions to fund gambling habit
The officer stole almost $3 million before getting caught
A Navy lieutenant stationed in Virginia Beach, FL decided that he would take advantage of his position in order to siphon off funds from the military branch in order to play poker. Before getting caught in the net, the officer was able to steal $2.7 million from Uncle Sam (and taxpayers) to cover a lavish lifestyle that includes high-stakes poker games, fancy cars and even a second home.
45-year-old Lieutenant Randolph Prince loves to gamble. Not able to cover his favorite pastime with his own salary, he worked a few deals that saw supply contracts for “inert training aides” directed to shell companies that were run by his accomplices. Those accomplices were identified as flight officer Lieutenant Junior Grade Courtney Cloman and Clayton Pressley III.
Prince was a member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit 2. He would make purchase requests for military equipment for his command, and then sign off on the products when they arrived. When the Navy’s requests were received by the fictitious companies, those individuals would fabricate documents to prove that the contracts had been accepted.
Said Prince’s defense attorney, Shawn Cline, “It’s a shame that he squandered an otherwise outstanding 27-year Naval career. He suffered from a terrible gambling addiction and abused a position of trust to fuel that addiction.”
Prince was ordered to spend four years in a military prison. Pressley, who is a Bronze Star recipient, was given two years. He is already serving time for a separate case of identity theft. Cloman is expected to be sentenced next month.