Guard officer indicted on charge of stealing scrap metal from border fenceby Fernanda Echavarri on Jun. 06, 2008, under Local, Special
An Air National Guard sergeant assigned to work on the border fence was indicted Wednesday on a theft charge that he stole scrap metal and sold it for more than $11,000, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney forArizona.
Master Sgt. Robert J. Kelley, 48 of Carpenter, Wyo., is charged with theft of public property, the news release said.
Kelley was arrested May 7 by FBI agents. According to the indictment against him, he sold at least five loads of scrap metal belonging to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to a Tucson company for about $11,450.
He used the money to buy a pistol, garage door opener, cowboy boots and other items, the news release said.
Kelley will be arraigned in federal court in Tucson on June 19.
A conviction for theft of public property carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both, the news release said.