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U.S. National Guardsman Brandon Schulte, 43, of Jefferson City, Missouri, has been charged with conspiring to steal and sell military uniforms and equipment owned by the U.S. military. Codefendants include Jody (“Joe”) Stambaugh, 50, of Nashville, Illinois, and Gary Stambaugh, 77, of Fayetteville, Illinois, who were co-owners of a scrap metal company, Stambaugh Enterprises. Stambaugh Enterprises had contracted to with the DoD to recycle scrap from facilities in Illinois and Missouri. The Stambaughs allegedly stole and sold military uniforms, tactical robots, night vision sights, high frequency radios, and other functional military equipment.
- According to the federal indictment, the Stambaughs were required to destroy all military property they removed from military facilities. However, they allegedly retained certain items for their own use or sold them to others, such as LED video screens, a high frequency radio, night vision sights, an antenna system, flight helmets, and an infrared thermal imager.
- For his part, Schulte allegedly provided the Stambaughs with thousands of pounds of uniforms and other military equipment.
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