POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 1:37pm
Baton Rouge, La — A former coast guard supervisor was sentenced for stealing coast guard property and selling it online for personal profit.
Raymond L. Beavers, 48, of Denham Springs, was sentenced on Thursday, Jan. 10 by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to serve twelve months and one day in federal prison. Beavers was also ordered to pay $127,600 in restitution to the United States Coast Guard, and ordered to forfeit an additional $69,637.15 as proceeds of his offenses.
Beavers previously pled guilty to two counts of mail fraud arising out of a lengthy scheme to defraud the Coast Guard, from February 2007 through March 2008, while serving as the Supervisor of the United States Coast Guard’s Electronic Support Detachment (“ESD”) at the Eighth District in New Orleans, Louisiana. In connection with his guilty plea, Beavers admitted that he stole electronics equipment from the Coast Guard and sold the equipment, often using eBay and PayPal, for his own personal profit. The equipment had a value of more than $120,000.
“Today's sentencing demonstrates our commitment to fully prosecuting those who try to defraud the federal government and the American taxpayer,” said Capt. Jon Gage, commanding officer of Coast Guard Base New Orleans. “The illegal activity was uncovered and successfully prosecuted because of the staunch partnership between the Coast Guard Investigative Service, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and other federal agencies.”
U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., stated, “We appreciate the work of the Coast Guard Investigative Service to uncover the defendant’s scheme. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute this type of criminal activity, especially when committed by those who occupy positions of public trust.”