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Larceny

A Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, with nearly twenty years of active-duty service, was accused at a general court-martial of writing $16,000 worth of bad checks.  The Gunnery Sergeant was facing several decades of jail time, as well as a punitive discharge.  She was able to strike a deal with her command to plead guilty to all charges at a summary court-martial, where there would be no resulting criminal convictions.  At the summary court-martial, the Gunnery Sergeant received no punishment; she will honorably retire from the Marine Corps in several months.
(Healy, 2012)

At a general court-martial, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps was accused of defrauding the federal government of nearly $14,000 in government travel credit card charges. The defendant faced nearly a decade in confinement and a punitive discharge but was completely acquitted of all charges at the contested trial.
(Healy, 2010)

A U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class was accused of defrauding the government of several thousands of dollars. The Petty Officer was facing little confinement time but was very much in danger of being punitively discharged from the Navy. At trial, one of the three charges was dismissed by the presiding military judge, and the defendant was acquitted of another. The Petty Officer was convicted of an orders violation but received no confinement, no punitive discharge, and no forfeitures. Two years later, the Petty Officer separated from the Navy with an honorable discharge.
(Healy, 2010)

A Corporal of Marines was accused of stealing $10,000 worth of government property, as well as assaulting his wife with a firearm. The Corporal faced nearly ten years of confinement, punitive discharge, and several violent offender convictions.  At trial, the members found the Corporal not guilty of assaulting his wife and the firearm charges but guilty of the larceny charge; however, they awarded only two months of confinement and one rank reduction.  The Corporal was medically discharged from the Marine Corps several months later and is currently receiving VA benefits and treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder.
(Healy, 2009)

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