Photo: US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
It was getting late, but the Landstown High School student wanted to make sure his uniform looked perfect.
The next morning, senior Cade Anderson would participate in a JROTC drill competition in Prince William county. As his roommate slept, he decided to hang his jacket on a sprinkler head in his hotel room and properly affix all of his ribbons and medals, an attorney said.
When he went to take it back down, the sprinkler activated — resulting in more than $690,000 in damage.
"It's a parent's worst nightmare," attorney Rick Matthews said in an interview.
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.