Julio Pino laughs after a service dress white uniform inspection aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on March 20, 2018. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary P. Wickline)
Using his military discount, a Norfolk-based sailor bought and resold 23 firearms for profit, according to court documents.
Many of Petty Officer 3rd Class Julio Fernando Pino's customers? Criminals.
In order to fund a high-stakes poker habit and buy luxury vehicles and a second home, a naval officer based in Virginia Beach helped swindle the government out of $2.7 million, according to federal prosecutors.
Federal prosecutors claimed the now-former president of a North Carolina-based defense contractor bilked the government out of more than $15.4 million. Accordingly, they wanted him locked up for 5 years in prison – the maximum allowed under a plea agreement.
Navy investigators were able to identify the sailor behind a series of bomb threats earlier this year to various ships and bases across Hampton Roads with the help of Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, according to court documents.