Petty officer admits to using Navy's van as personal vehicle
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — A Navy petty officer admitted Thursday to using a U.S. government-rented van for more than two months without paying and later lying about it to military police.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean Ciccarone pleaded guilty during a summary court-martial to charges of making false statements and larceny and wrongful appropriation.
Lt. Cmdr. Tim Liberatore, the officer presiding over the hearing, recommended that Ciccarone remain restricted to the base for 30 days, be reduced to the lowest pay rate and forfeit two-thirds of one month’s pay — about $1,066. Capt. John Orem, the naval station’s U.S. commander, will review the punishment and could reduce it if he chooses.
The Navy has paid the $2,000 rental on the vehicle.
Ciccarone, who joined the Navy in 1998, used the eight-passenger van in September to take a group of Navy SEALS to a ship moored in Cadiz. He was told to return the van to the base’s Rent-A-Car lot with a full tank of gas, but he never did.
Instead, he said he kept the $16,000 van, using it for personal transportation. Ciccarone kept it until Nov. 15, when security personnel tracked down the vehicle. Ciccarone admitted that he then lied to the security patrolman about the van.