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6 soldiers, 2 others charged in scheme to sell Ft. Campbell equipment

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Sniper telescopes, machine gun parts and body armor were among the items stolen. (WSMV) Sniper telescopes, machine gun parts and body armor were among the items stolen. (WSMV)
Cory Wilson posted videos to YouTube in which he explained how his operation works. (WSMV) Cory Wilson posted videos to YouTube in which he explained how his operation works. (WSMV)
FORT CAMPBELL, KY (WSMV) -

Eight people, including six Fort Campbell soldiers, faces federal charges for allegedly stealing U.S. Army equipment and selling it on eBay.

Those charged in the indictment are:

  • John Roberts, 26, of Clarksville
  • Jason Cory Wilson, 42, of Clarksville
  • U.S. Army Sergeant Michael Barlow, 29, of Clarksville
  • U.S. Army Sergeant Jonathan Wolford, 28, of Clarksville
  • U.S. Army Specialist Kyle Heade, 29, of Fort Campbell
  • U.S. Army Specialist Alexander Hollibaugh, 25, of Fort Campbell
  • U.S. Army Specialist Dustin Nelson, 22, of Fort Campbell
  • U.S. Army Specialist Aaron Warner, 24, of Fort Campbell

“We never want these illegal and self-serving actions of a few to cast a shadow on the thousands of military heroes who every day place themselves in harm’s way to protect this great nation,” said U.S. Attorney David Rivera.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the soldiers charged stole more than $1 million worth of sensitive military equipment from Fort Campbell and sold it to others, including Roberts and Wilson, who then re-sold it on eBay.

The items sold include sniper telescopes and rifle accessories, machine gun parts and accessories, grenade launcher sights, flight helmets, body armor, and more.

Investigators said many of the items were advertised as “Army Special Forces” and “U.S. Government Issued.”

The indictment also states that Robert and Wilson illegally sold certain restricted U.S. Army equipment to eBay customers in foreign nations, including Russia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico and more.

“These are extraordinarily dangerous in the wrong hands and outside the military and police tactical use,” Rivera said.

Each defendant is charged with conspiring to steal or receive U.S. Army property and to sell or convey U.S. Army property without authority.

Roberts is also charged with 10 counts of wire fraud and one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act.

Wilson is charged with seven counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering and one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act.

Barlow is charged with three counts of selling or conveying U.S. Army property without authority.

Each defendant faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the conspiracy charge.

Roberts and Wilson face up to 20 years for each count of wire fraud and violating the Arms Export Control Act and Wilson faces up to an additional 20 years on the money laundering charge.

Barlow faces up to 10 years in prison on each conveying charge.

The defendants also face forfeiture of the proceeds of their crimes.

Four soldiers appeared in court in Nashville and one in Indiana on Thursday. They all pleaded not guilty and were released under certain conditions.

Channel 4 found videos posted to YouTube in which Wilson openly pitches the items and explains how his operation worked.

“I buy so much stuff that I can’t list it all on eBay, so I have seven or eight guys that I wholesale to,” Wilson said in a video he posted to YouTube. “I double my money and sometimes they double their money and everybody is happy. I’m dealing in a lot of military gear being here in an Army town. It’s available everywhere. It’s pretty hot right now. I’ve started messing with things that go bang.”

Wilson is expected to appear in court on Friday.

“I’m a picker. I do this for a living. I’m a professional at it,” he said in another YouTube video.

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