Father, son admit to stealing from USPFO


ELKINS — A father and son have admitted to embezzling from the United States Property and Fiscal Office warehouse over a seven-year period.

SFC Shane Morgan, 35, of Buckhannon, and Master Sergeant (retired) Russell Morgan, 61, of Helvetia, each pled guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to embezzle government property, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Powell’s office.

The two men admitted to stealing at least 80 items of U.S. government property worth an estimated total of over $80,000.

Russell Morgan served as the warehouse supervisor of the USPFO from June 2009 to August 2016 and Shane Morgan was a full-time Title 32 federal technician with the West Virginia Army National Guard, according to a previous story.

The two were indicted in June for conspiracy to embezzle government property and embezzlement of government property. Shame Morgan also was indicted for unauthorized sale of government property and giving a false written statement.

Each of the men face up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. However, under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted the case which was investigated by the West Virginia Army National Guard and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Michael Aloi presided.

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