The final defendant in a case involving the theft of military flashlights has pleaded guilty.
Raleigh Kenneth Worley of Gladstone pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Charlottesville to conspiring to steal or embezzle government property worth more than $1,000.
U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says the 42-year-old Worley is 1 of 5 people who participated in a scheme to steal weapons-mounted flashlights from the Virginia Army National Guard. All five were members of a Charlottesville-based National Guard unit at the time.
The other defendants were convicted previously.
Heaphy says the defendants admitted stealing the flashlights after they returned from a deployment to Iraq.
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The NBC29 newsroom received the following press release from the United States Attorney's Office:
FINAL MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT-PROPERTY THEFT
CONSPIRACY PLEADS GUILTY
Group Stole Supplies from the National Guard
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA -- A Gladstone, Va., man involved in a conspiracy to
steal government property from the Virginia Army National Guard pled guilty this morning in the
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Raleigh Kenneth Worley, 42, of Gladstone, Va., pleaded guilty this morning to one count of
conspiring to steal or embezzle government property worth more than $1,000. He is the last of five
men to be convicted in a scheme in which members of an Army National Guard unit based in
Charlottesville, Virginia, admitted to stealing weapons-mountable flashlights the United States
government had issued to the National Guard.
Others convicted as part of the scheme were John R. Watkins, James T. Creamer, Raleigh L.
Anderson, and Michael W. Tutwiler. Worley and Watkins were a Staff Sergeants in the National
Guard. Creamer and Anderson were Sergeants in the National Guard. Tutwiler was a Specialist in
the National Guard.
"When the members of this conspiracy stole property that was meant for use in war, they
betrayed the trust of the United States, the Virginia Army National Guard, and the citizens they
took an oath to protect. The United States will vigorously prosecute public employees who act as if
they are above the law," United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today.
The defendants have all admitted that after returning from a deployment in Iraq, between
April 2008 and September 2009, they agreed to take weapons-mountable lights and use, sell, or
barter them for their own gain. Tutwiler also admitted to possessing an illegal machine gun in an
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service
of the Department of Defense; the Virginia State Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,
and Explosives; the Virginia Army National Guard; and the Staunton Police Department. Special
Assistant United States Attorney Ramin Fatehi is prosecuting the case for the United States.