Ex-Navy worker gets reduced charge in NCIS probe in Gulfport

GULFPORT, Miss. — A former Navy worker indicted in the investigation of a travel voucher scheme in Gulfport has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

Federal court records show Eduardo Magana, 40, of LaMesa, Calif., has notified the court of his intent to accept a plea on a misdemeanor and be prosecuted in the Southern District of California.

Magana and at least eight others were charged with felonies in related indictments following investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The NCIS probe uncovered criminal activity by Navy workers assigned to the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport while each of them was assigned to NMCB 74.

A federal grand jury indicted Magana in May on felony charges of theft of government funds and conspiracy to submit false claims to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has since charged him with a misdemeanor charge of theft of government funds. Magana received $570.25 on his government credit card in July 2010 that he was not entitled to receive, the charging document said.

Magana was a petty officer first class at the time.

A plea date in California has not been set yet.

Several ex-Navy workers have pleaded guilty in Gulfport. Some have been ordered to prison and to repay thousands of dollars.

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