Former Crane Army Employee From Jasper Has Been Sentenced For Credit Card Theft

By Nick Schneider, Co-Editor / Greene County Daily World

A former Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee has been sentenced to prison for 18 months after he was convicted of using a federal-issued credit card to purchase $159,000 worth of merchandise for his personal use.

A former CAAA production facilitator, James Nathan Emmons, 35, of Jasper, pled guilty March 17 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, at Evansville, to theft of public money, property or records.

The thefts occurred between January 2010 and September 2012, according to an information document filed Oct. 7, 2013 by Nicholas E. Surmacz, Assistant U.S. Attorney on behalf of U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett.

He was sentenced to 18 months in U.S. Federal Prison and will be on supervised probation for three years following his release from prison.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of $159,000, according to Tim Horty, who serves as a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Emmons is scheduled to self-report in the near future to the Bureau of Prisons when the probation department has completed its reports, Horty told the Greene County Daily World.

Emmons was first hired as an Office Automation Assistant in 2003. He later worked as a Supply Technician. At the time of his resignation he was working as temporary promotion as an Assistant Planner and Estimator, according to Thomas Peske, who serves in Public Affairs at Crane Army Ammunition Activity.

Emmons pled guilty to using a Government Purchase Credit Card that was billed to the U.S. Department of Defense.

With the card, Emmons purchased three laptop computers, an Ipad, a computer printer, two televisions, professional-grade sound and DJ video equipment, an electric guitar, 14 speakers and firearms (three pistols- .45 caliber semi automatic with a night scope, 9 mm semi automatic, 5.7×28 mm semi automatic), a shotgun (12 gauge pump), and two rifles (45 caliber and .22 caliber) as well as a variety of ammunition, a blue-ray player, a digital camera, a digital video camera and two LCD projectors, according to court documents.

The investigation began in 2012 and the property was recovered from Emmons’ home on Oct. 19, 2012, from the defendant’s storage unit on Oct. 24, 2012, and from the defendant on Nov. 8, 2012, according to court documents.

The stolen property was all forfeited following the guilty plea.

Peske said Emmons was resigned from his position at CAAA after the irregularities surfaced.

“Crane Army Ammunition Activity has a responsibility of being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money. Once Crane Army discovered irregularities in purchases made by Mr. Emmons, it referred the case to the Defense Criminal Investigative Service in Indianapolis for investigation. Mr. Emmons resigned from his position in 2012. Crane Army employees, especially those responsible for making purchases for the government, receive ethics training in the proper use of government funds. While the Emmons case is disappointing, Crane Army employees continue to take pride in providing ammunition to the Warfighter in the most safe, efficient and cost effective manner possible,” Peske stated.

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