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    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - A Fort Lewis captain is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the U.S. government and spending it on himself.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Army Capt. Michael Dung Nguyen faces charges of theft of government property and money laundering. If convicted on all counts he could face up to 30 years in prison

    Nguyen, a West Point graduate, spent 14 months in combat in Iraq with the 4th Stryker Brigade. When he returned from Iraq last year, he opened several bank accounts in Oregon and other places and deposited about $10,000 in each account.

    It was those deposits and lavish spending that attracted the attention of authorities.

    During his time in Iraq, Nguyen was entrusted with hundreds of thousands of dollars in uncirculated U.S. currency. He paid out that money for humanitarian relief and reconstruction.


    But federal investigators say he mailed much of that money to his home in Oregon - nearly $700,000 in cash.

    "It's really a case of betrayal of country and greed," U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut said. "He betrayed not only the U.S. government and the people of the United States but also his fellow armed services men and women."

    When Nguyen got back, authorities say he went on a spending spree. He paid $70,000 for a new BMW and another $43,000 for a new hummer. More money went toward computers, electronics and furniture.

    Much of it was confiscated from his Lakewood apartment last week where neighbors say he kept to himself.

    "It was the captain's behavior that triggered this investigation," said Kenneth Hines, special agent for the IRS in Seattle. "What he was doing raised red flags for the IRS in conjunction with the Army CID and FBI to work this case jointly and we established enough probable cause for the search warrants."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Second Chance View Post
    "It was the captain's behavior that triggered this investigation," said Kenneth Hines, special agent for the IRS in Seattle. "What he was doing raised red flags for the IRS in conjunction with the Army CID and FBI to work this case jointly and we established enough probable cause for the search warrants."
    In other words, we never would have found him if he had not deposited huge sums of money and then turned around and spent it with cashier checks.
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    I guess he really didn't learn anything that first day at West Point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hondo View Post
    I guess he really didn't learn anything that first day at West Point.

    "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    In other words, we never would have found him if he had not deposited huge sums of money and then turned around and spent it with cashier checks.

    I see military oversight hasn't gotten any better in the last 45 years..... Stealing was rampant back when I was in. Some senior NCO's no doubt retired as millionaires.

    The problem is, no military commander wants to open any investigation even if they are suspicious. Even if they are the ones that uncover it, the fact it happened under their command is a huge black mark on their record and will probably destroy any future chance of promotion. It's beneficial to ignore it and hope you can transfer out before it's uncovered.

    Not to mention that it's utter stupidity to trust anyone, ringknocker or not with that much cash.

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    Apparently no one told him that if you deposit $10,000 or more then the bank is required to notify the IRS. If he had just deposited $9,999 each day he probably would have been just fine. Not that Im advocating what he did, just saying.
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    Considering what banks pay for interest he should have buried it somewhere and skimmed off of it as needed... oh, did I suggest that??

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    They should have expected shitty behavior from a guy with a middle name of Dung...........
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