Men get probation for embezzling $80k in property while working at USPFO

ELKINS, W.Va. – Sergeant First Class Shane Morgan with the West Virginia Army National Guard and Master Sergeant (retired) Russell Morgan were sentenced Thursday for charges related to the embezzlement and unlawful sale of government property, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Shane Morgan, 35, of Buckhannon, W.Va., and Russell Morgan, 61, of Helvetia, W.Va., were each sentenced to four years probation. Each pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Embezzle Government Property” in September 2018.

The two men admitted to stealing at least 80 items of United States government property worth an estimated total of more than $80,000.

The men obtained access to this property through their official positions at the United States Property and Fiscal Office warehouse in Buckhannon. The crimes took place from August 2010 to October 2017 in Upshur County.

Shane and Russell Morgan were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,614.45.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar is prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The West Virginia Army National Guard and the West Virginia State Police investigated. 

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

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