Soldier admits using debit card found at Camp Humphreys
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A 304th Signal Battalion soldier admitted Thursday to using a military contractor’s debit card to buy computer equipment, a 29-inch television and a pizza, according to court documents and testimony here.
Pfc. Rory C. Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to five specifications of larceny during his court-martial Thursday. He was sentenced to four months’ confinement, reduction to the Army’s lowest pay grade — E-1 — two-thirds forfeiture of his pay, and a bad conduct discharge.
He had faced a maximum of one year of confinement.
Fitzgerald told Col. Patrick J. Parrish, the chief judge for the 6th Judicial Circuit, that he found the debit card on Aug. 5 at an ATM at Camp Humphreys. Fitzgerald said he looked around for a few minutes to find the person who left it but then gave up.
“I decided to put it in my pocket,” Fitzgerald said. “I intended to keep it.”
He walked off base into Pyeongtaek and began shopping, Fitzgerald told the judge. He bought two sound cards, got a pizza, bought a computer memory stick and then a 29-inch television, he said in court.
Each time he was asked for his signature, he signed his own name, Fitzgerald said.
Then the soldier got a taxi and went back to his home. Later that same day, he returned to one of the computer stores and bought a $300 monitor. There, he didn’t have to sign for the merchandise, he told the judge.
During sentencing, Fitzgerald apologized to the contractor for taking his card. He said the contractor’s bank had stopped payment on the purchases, so the man didn’t lose any money.