Soldier jailed for spending spree with lost wallet
Stars and Stripes May 9, 2008
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A found wallet led to a lost Army career for a sergeant at Camp Humphreys on Wednesday.
Sgt. Kevon J. Greenidge, 25, pleaded guilty to a spending spree with cards he’d taken after finding another soldier’s lost wallet.
Military judge Col. Donna M. Wright sentenced Greenidge to one year in jail, reduction to the military’s lowest pay grade, and a bad-conduct discharge.
Greenidge, of Company B, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion, had been charged with larceny and disobeying the order of his commanding officer.
He spotted the wallet in a restroom at the post education center on Oct. 3, took a credit card and a debit card, and discarded the wallet, according to prosecutor Capt. Wendall Hall.
Greenidge then went shopping.
Within an hour, he had run up more than $1,100 in charges at four businesses.
Among his purchases were a jewelry set, sheets, clothes, and a suitcase.
Greenidge discarded the credit card and, toting the suitcase, re-entered Humphreys through its walk-in gate.
The soldier who had lost his wallet checked his account online around midnight and saw the new charges. He canceled his cards and notified military police.
Army Criminal Investigation Division agents — armed with a record of what was purchased at what times during the spree — checked security camera footage from the gate.
That yielded an image of Greenidge entering post with the new suitcase.
When Greenidge became a suspect in the case, his commanding officer confined him to post pending outcome of the investigation. But he went off post repeatedly, leading to the charge of disobeying an order.
He was to be transported to the Camp Humphreys jail Wednesday to begin his sentence.