Navy chief gets 18 months for lying about fraud

A Navy chief was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Tuesday for lying about his role in a credit card fraud scheme.

Chief Storekeeper Antonio Allen, 36, of Memphis, Tenn., pleaded guilty in April to making false statements about the wrongful use of government-issued credit cards used to steal more than $350,000 worth of computers and other items, according to the U.S. Attorney in Virginia’s Eastern District.

Allen was stationed at Naval Support Activity Norfolk (Naval Station Norfolk), where his job was to oversee and approve credit card purchases. He supervised an employee accused of fraud and initially denied knowledge of the fraud. Allen later admitted that he knew about and participated in some of the fraud schemes, federal officials said.

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