NORFOLK, Va. - A combat veteran working as a contractor is about to be sentenced for admittedly being part of a theft ring on a United States military base in Afghanistan.
35-year-old Varita Quincy of Snellville, Georgia is scheduled to be sentenced on February 23.
Federal documents reveal that trucks, 3 generators, a refrigerator, a trailer and other equipment that was supposed to be used to support troops at the U.S. military based in Afghanistan, were sold by government contractors back in 2015.
It states Quincy admitted that, between April 2015 and July 2015, she, Larry J. Green of Chesapeake, and others conspired to steal, and did steal, equipment and property of value to the United States while working for a government contractor operating on Kandahar Airfield, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The airfield is used by U.S. military forces to support missions throughout Afghanistan.
Green pleaded guilty on July 8, 2020, to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit theft of property of value to the United States worth over $300,000, one count of theft of property of value to the United States; and one count of aiding and abetting the submission of false statements.
Green was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
Quincy worked as a Security Badging and Escort Pass Supervisor on base for an unnamed company based out of Texas.
Federal documents state that Quincy would create false official documents to get unknown and unvetted Afghan nationals and their vehicles on base to remove the stolen property.
“That has an effect on everyone that pay taxes in the United States of America, because you have vehicles and equipment that we send over there to assist our troops and accomplish their mission, and you have American citizens there selling that equipment for cash,” said Richard James, Crime Analyst and former detective, “This is not just about money, it's about putting people lives at risk.”
We reached out to Quincy’s attorney, Andrew Protogyrou, who said local rules prevent him from discussing a pending federal case. He directed us to a position on sentencing document he just filed in court on her behalf.
It states that Quincy accepts responsibility for her crimes and that she previously served in the Army and suffers from PTSD from combat in Iraq, along with a brain tumor and other medical issues.
It states she has never served jail time, has no military misconduct and even served as a corrections officer and fully recognizes the serious mistake she made.
Federal officials states that the entire theft ring generated about $95,000 dollars and a few others were also involved, but documents filed by Quincy’s attorney state that she only got a few thousand dollars through the scheme.
Now six years later, she is about to be sentenced.
“The government, sooner or later catches up with these folks so that should be a warning anybody that thinks well you're out of the clear, after a couple years, don't believe it. The government has a way of coming back and finding you,” said Legal Analyst Sonny Stallings.
Quincy is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 23 in the Norfolk courthouse.