Soldier sentenced to prison for making $10M in unauthorized purchases, selling goods
By Amy Pavuk | Orlando Sentinel | Published: May 29, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. — A soldier stationed with the Army Active Guard Reserve in Orlando was sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison this week for making more than $10 million in unauthorized purchases with government money, and then selling the items.
Sebastian Stewart Oyegun II previously pleaded guilty to a count of theft of government property in Orlando federal court.
The 33-year-old was also ordered Tuesday to pay $10.2 million in restitution, and to forfeit several vehicles, roughly $170,000 in cash, and more than $250,000 that he deposited into various bank accounts, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Prosecutors said that from September 2009 to September 2011, Oyegun used a government website to buy items from vendors, such as power tools and computer equipment.
The investigation found Oyegun manipulated that electronic system, created a user name and password, fake points of contact and provided multiple shipping addresses.
Oyegun had the items delivered to a Sanford warehouse and his home. He then sold the items on Craigslist and at local swap meets, prosecutors said.
Two Sanford brothers were recently arrested and charged federally for their suspected roles in the scheme.
Husein Kermali, 37, and Sikandar Kermali, 33, are suspected of purchasing items from Oyegun, and then selling the goods.
Sikandar Kermali told investigators they sold the stolen merchandise for more than $1 million, according to federal documents filed in their case.
Husein Kermali told investigators "he never thought the items he was purchasing from Oyegun could be considered stolen, but he knew something was wrong and that Oyegun was bending the rules."
A federal affidavit said the brothers sold power tools obtained from Oyegun, and then began requesting "war stuff."