A Tennessee man who sold more than $200,000 in fake military and government documents online has accepted a plea agreement that would sentence him to three years in prison, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday.
Robert E. Neener, 65, of Smithville, Tenn., pleaded guilty to possessing and selling federal agency seals, and to pretending to be a federal officer or employee, according to court documents obtained from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
In addition to the prison term, Neener must also pay restitution to the customers who purchased the fraudulent certificates, according to the terms of the plea agreement.
Neener sold documents purporting to be “authentic replacements” from all branches of the military, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the indictment. The documents for sale included certificates for honorable discharges, combat action ribbons and military police certifications.
The indictment cited transactions ranging from $25.04 for a forged combat action ribbon certificate to $179.55 for multiple forgeries attributed to the Air Force and the Defense Department.
Neener will be formally sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell on July 13.
From staff reports