Warrant officer accused of theft is allowed to resign
September 22, 2006
SEOUL — A U.S. Army warrant officer accused of stealing about $20,000 from the military was granted a resignation in lieu of court-martial this month, 8th Army officials confirmed.
Military legal officials are now reviewing how Chief Warrant Officer Wayne L. Lund- quist will pay back the money after being granted an other-than-honorable discharge by the Secretary of the Army, an 8th Army spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Lundquist delayed entering any plea in the first stage of a court-martial in early August.
According to court documents, Lundquist was accused of falsely claiming $20,000 worth of computer and other electronic equipment was stolen from his off-base home.
The warrant officer, who worked for the Area II support activity, was charged with larceny, making a false official statement, making a false claim and dishonest conduct. His trial had been set for last Monday.
According to court documents, Lundquist was accused of filing two false claims with U.S. Army Claims Service Korea, in August 2005 and again in March 2006.
He also was accused of using the same tactic to steal from the United Services Automobile Association in March and April 2005, according to legal officials.
Another charge states that Lundquist twice made false statements to investigators, denying that he possessed any of the property he had reported as stolen, then claimed for reimbursements, according to court papers.