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Christopher M. Hill, a former Navy employee, was recently sentenced to two and a half years in prison for embezzling government property and filing false tax returns between January 2004 and April 2010.
Hill, 47, of Lusby was placed on three years of supervised probation upon his release and ordered to pay $134,795.22 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and $613,057.41 in restitution to the U.S. Navy by Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow, according to a press release.
“Christopher M. Hill sold valuable government property and pocketed the proceeds for himself,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a written statement. “This is the second case we have prosecuted in the past year of a government employee who sold scrap metal from a military facility and pocketed the proceeds.”
Hill worked as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy at Patuxent River Naval Air Station from 1997 to July 2008, the press release states, where he managed the recycling program and handled matters related to scrap metals. In June 2008, Hill became the Naval District Washington FX program manager at the Washington Navy Yard where he continued to handle recycling contracts and other recycling matters.
From 1998 through 2003, the Navy contracted with companies to retrieve recyclable materials, sell them and remit a percentage of the sale proceeds to the Navy. The companies typically paid the Navy by checks made payable to the U.S. Treasury, which were deposited into a government account, the press release states.
The contracts between the Navy and the recycling businesses expired in 2003. The Navy and the businesses continued to operate under the terms of the expired contracts. “Company A” was a business that had a recycling contract with the Navy. Company A continued to retrieve scrap metal from Navy installations but made no payments to the Navy and instead wrote checks to Hill, who deposited the checks into his personal bank account.
On Oct. 1, 2008, the Navy entered into a contract to handle all recyclable materials with another company. The contract allowed Hill to maintain Company A’s existing practice of retrieving scrap metals from certain installations. Company A continued to get scrap metal from Navy installations, write checks to Hill and mail the checks to his personal post office box in Calvert County. Hill then deposited the checks into his personal bank accounts.
Hill deposited at least 124 checks between January 2004 and April 2010 from Company A totaling $631,057.41 into bank accounts he controlled. From 2005 to 2007 Hill did not file a tax return and from 2008 to 2009 Hill filed fraudulent federal tax returns that did not report his income from Company A, including $150,795.82 he received in 2008 and $68,412.93 in 2009.