Ex-NC Employee To Be Sentenced In Military Surplus Scheme

From a distance, the grounds at the Kerr Lake Volunteer Fire Department in rural North Carolina looked like a repository for military equipment.

That was the first sign something was wrong.

Investigators say Robert Minish, a volunteer firefighter and former manager of a North Carolina program that distributed surplus military equipment to police agencies, was not only improperly storing the property, including guns, but also selling some of the gear on eBay.

The 57-year-old Minish pleaded guilty in April to theft of property belonging to the United States. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he's sentenced later this summer.

Telephone messages left for Minish were not immediately returned last week.

A recent Associated Press investigation found problems with the Defense Department program that distributes surplus military equipment.

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