Last Modified: Friday, May 25, 2012 12:09 PM
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A 47-year-old Denham Springs man faces federal charges of mail fraud and retaining stolen government property for allegedly selling electronic equipment from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Advocate reports an indictment was returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday in Baton Rouge.
According to the indictment, Raymond L. Beavers served as supervisor of the electronic support unit at the Coast Guard's district office in New Orleans from July 2006 through June 2008.
"The object of (Beaver's) scheme was to steal electronics equipment from the Coast Guard and sell such equipment for personal profit," the indictment alleges.
A woman at Beavers' household told newspaper Thursday he was offshore, but promised to forward requests for comment to him by cellphone and email. Beavers did not respond to those requests.
Between February 2007 and March 2008, Beavers "generated more than $60,000" by selling stolen Coast Guard electronics, according to the indictment obtained by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan A. Stevens.
Those electronics went to people or companies in Sweden and Colombia, as well as the states of Texas, New York and Maryland, the indictment alleges.
Stolen items included Tektronix digital oscilloscopes and Cisco computer network switches, according to the indictment.
U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. said the investigation is ongoing.
"We're continuing to look for additional stolen items," Cazayoux said.
The Coast Guard Investigative Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General and Louisiana State Police participated in the investigation, Cazayoux added.