Army Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than 90 Computers from Aberdeen Proving Ground
BALTIMORE, MD—Brian Lee Long, age 48, of Rising Sun, Maryland pleaded guilty today to theft of government property.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Special Agent Ed Collins of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
According to Long’s plea agreement, from April 8, 2001 through January 21, 2015, Long was employed at the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic at Aberdeen Proving Ground, initially as a paramedic, then as a supply technician at the Logistics Division. Long admitted that from October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, he stole 73 laptop computers, 19 desktop computers and three monitors from the Logistics Division warehouse.
Long sold at least 19 of the stolen laptop computers and four of the stolen desktop computers to pawn shops for $18,400. Long also provided four laptop computers to another person, who sold them to a pawn dealer.
The total loss to the government as a result of Long’s conduct was $40,000, which is the amount Long is required to forfeit as part of his plea agreement.
Long faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for theft of government property. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III has scheduled sentencing for February 12, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron S. J. Zelinsky, who is prosecuting the case.