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Civilian charged with stealing from Navy denies guilt

Naval Support Activity Naples personnel hold a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Capodichino, Sept. 11, 2013.

A Navy civilian accused of forging documents and accepting more than $360,000 in illegal housing payments pleaded not guilty to charges in a federal courtroom in Iowa on Tuesday.

Steven W. Ashton, 41, was arrested at the Navy base in Naples, Italy, in February after federal prosecutors alleged he used an apartment owned by his wife to draw a monthly rent reimbursement benefit from the base, a violation of federal regulations.

Ashton was also accused of forging documents to extend his stay in Naples, to gain access to base privileges such as the commissary and exchange, and to save money on mooring fees for his boat.

Ashton worked for the Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, where he managed the service’s operation and maintenance of NATO facilities. He remains in Davenport, Iowa, where he was released on his own recognizance.

Ashton is charged with five counts of making false statements, one count of falsifying a record in an investigation and one count of theft.

Region officials in Naples declined to comment on the arrest or the allegations.

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