UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A trial is underway for a case in which more than $1 million in U.S. military equipment was stolen and sold on eBay.
According to federal prosecutors, 26-year-old John Roberts was at the center of a massive trafficking conspiracy, in which weapons parts and sensitive military equipment were stolen out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and sold on the black market.
The equipment, including gun parts, medical equipment and body armor, was resold to buyers in Russia, China, Mexico, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
Roberts maintains that soldiers from Fort Campbell told him the equipment was legally purchased from other soldiers or that the Army was throwing the equipment out.
However, his former business partner, Cory Wilson testified that he and Roberts would approach soldiers and ask them to steal items from the base.