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Couple pleads guilty to stealing from the Army

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

On Monday, Bo Dukes, 29, and Emily Dukes, 29, husband and wife from Savannah, pled guilty to conspiring to steal over $150,000 worth of property paid for by the Army.

Evidence showed that Bo Dukes, a Unit Supply Specialist in the United States Army, ordered televisions, cameras, power tools, copper wires and other property totaling over $150,000, which he was able to fraudulently bill to the Army through the General Services Administration. Bo Dukes had the items shipped to his personal residence. He and his wife would then pawn the items off for their own personal benefit.

"These Defendants used Bo Dukes position of trust and his authorization to enter into transactions on behalf of the United States Government to steal from the American taxpayers.  Their plan was both unsophisticated and hazardous.  Neither the law nor this United States Attorney's Office can allow this type of fraud to go unpunished," United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said in a news release.

"We are very pleased with the guilty pleas.  Stealing money during a time of war is reprehensible and we, along with our federal counterparts, will continue to do everything in our investigative power to bring those responsible to justice," said Frank Robey, Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's Major Procurement Fraud Unit, in a news release.

"By working with our law enforcement partners, we were able to stop these individuals from their continuous abuse of American taxpayer money and stealing of government goods.  We will remain vigilant against people who use GSA for personal gain," said General Services Administration Inspector General Brian D. Miller in a news release.

Bo and Emily Dukes both face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. After the United States Probation Office conducts a presentence investigation, a sentencing date will be set.

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