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Ex-Navy senior chief gets prison for Gulfport base travel voucher scam

GULFPORT, Miss. — A former Navy senior chief has been sentenced to prison for 43 months and ordered to help repay more than $61,000 obtained through false travel claims while he was stationed at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced Carl E. Moore, 40, of Middleton, Rhode Island, Thursday.

The judge also fined him $2,000 and ordered three years of post-release supervision.

Moore was among nine current or former Navy workers indicted last year on federal charges involving fraudulent travel claims while they were assigned to NMCB 74 between June 2006 and November 2011.

Moore pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to charges of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. The latter charge involved the use of a person's name and identifying information in February 2009. The person, identified in court papers as "J.W.," was leaving the battalion.

Documents show Moore was a senior chief storekeeper who later was serving as an instructor at the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy when he came under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

He was charged in a 44-count indictment with Quentin L. Lacour, a former petty officer 3rd class. Ozerden ordered Moore to help Lacour repay $54,731.66.

The judge also ordered Moore to help Fred Porterfield and Juan Saldivar repay $6,490. Porterfield and Saldivar worked in logistics support as petty officers 3rd class.

Moore also must help Iralen Jewell repay $10. Jewell was a logistics specialist 1st class.

The others also are serving time in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan.

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