A former Pantex employee charged with selling government property for profit has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.
Joe Allen Sizemore worked as a nuclear courier at the Pantex plant, his duties included transporting nuclear weapons and high-tech military firearms.
The FBI uncovered that Sizemore had sold restricted government property including firearms over the internet.
The indictment against Sizemore says that he would prepare purchase requests of restricted items on DOE letterhead and submitted the purchase letters to his supervisors who authorized his purchase of restricted items. After Sizemore obtained the supervisor's signature, he'd fax the purchase orders to the companies, often using his personal credit card instead of his government-issued credit card. After he received the items, he'd then post them for sale on the Internet.
In an Oct. 20 raid at Sizemore's home, federal agents seized a Thompson submachine gun, a Browning machine gun, and multiple federal security badges, along with other items.
The U.S. Attorney's office says he made almost 15 thousand dollars in the scheme...in addition to the prison sentence he was also ordered to pay over 18 thousand dollars in fines.