Discharged serviceman sentenced for theft on Robins Air Force Base
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man accused of cashing more than $3,000 in forged checks on Robins Air Force Base will serve more than four years in prison.
37-year-old Simon Watson, a discharged Air Force serviceman, was sentenced March 10th in federal court for the theft of public funds, aggravated identity theft, and failure to appear for sentencing.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, from February 11, 2014 to March 2, 2014, Watson cashed and attempted to cash eleven forged checks at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service on the base.
The checks cashed were from two business accounts he had incorporated that were later dissolved. The bank accounts for both businesses had also been closed.
Watson stole three Common Access Cards from the gym on base to cash the fake checks. Investigators located additional pre-printed checks in his vehicle. The parties agreed that the intended loss amount was $10,000 – $30,000.
Watson was scheduled to appear in court on October 8, 2015 on theft of public funds and aggravated identity theft charges, but he didn’t appear.
He was given an additional charge for failure to appear for sentencing.
Watson is also required to pay $3,088.30 in restitution to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.