West Point Graduate Steals $690,000 of Army Funds

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  1. Chris Arnold

    Chris Arnold 5-Year Member

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    He is my classmate and I knew him back at the academy. I didn't know him well, but had a few classes with him. I'm pretty sure I did a project or two with him, as well. I just opened up the Army Times and read his name and had to come check the internet to be sure. I'm sincerely disappointed to find out that he's done this. I wouldn't have guessed that he'd do something so blatantly opposed to the values and morals we should already have as human beings, not just as officers, soldiers, or academy grads.

    Chris
     
  2. KveTina

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    Wow! Can't believe you were able to check him up on the internet like that, Michael Nguyen is a VERY common name. I know at least six Michael Nguyens :p

    But yeah, I was SHOCKED. I had all these questions running through my mind: Why SO MUCH money, why such frivolous spending, why pull off such a dumb move, did he really think he wouldn't get caught, what does his family think now, what do they feel, what happened to the values he was supposed to uphold, why do something so outrageous!! ARGH, head spinning!
     
  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 10-Year Member

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    You should try being the "young captain" working a "black project" that has been given a checkbook that says: "Use for your project; there is NO documentation as that could compromise security..."

    Ahhh...the silly things that come to mind before honor and integrity take over.

    Steve
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  4. 2012Cadet

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    I don't know, but to me Lambos are beast.
     
  5. Maximus

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    So Bullet, if you hadn't stepped in, would the Chief have done the right thing out of curiosity?
     
  6. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet 5-Year Member

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    Man, yall have bad taste in cars.
    Its all about the 1970 Buick GSX or the '70 Chevelle SS :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  7. 2012Cadet

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    :rolleyes:...and you say we have bad tastes
     
  8. Chris Arnold

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    I recognized the name from the paper. I checked online to make sure that the one who stole the money was an '04 grad, because the Army times didn't clarify. To the best of my knowledge, there was only one Michael Nguyen in my class. At least I only knew one.

    Chris
     
  9. Chris Arnold

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    You don't count, man... You can't even have a car till next year :shake::yllol::thumb:
     
  10. flieger83

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    I had a car all 4 years... :thumb:

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  11. The Commissioner

    The Commissioner 10-Year Member Founding Member Retired Staff Member

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    His greediness and lack of discretion, not his stupidity, is what caused him not to "get away with it." :wink:

    There were small fortunes being made in Iraq because people were ordered to get cash into the economy as fast as possible and with little accountability. Some of the biggest culprits were our interpreters who conspired with the Iraqis to get kickbacks for 'arranging' deals. That's what happens when we give terps cell phones and they have conversations we don't understand.

    Fortunately the game changed and we are now paying in Iraqi Dinars. It won't be so easy to convert hundreds of millions of ID into USD. In my opinion, it was a mistake to put so much US currency into the hands of so many without proper accounting procedures.
     
  12. Maximus

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    If I had to guess, I think he was being facetious, that's not a common name.
     
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    Heh, actually, I was serious. At least where I live, and I live in an area with a very large Vietnamese community, Nguyen is a very common surname and Michael is a pretty common name in general.
     
  14. Bullet

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    Oh, I'm positive the thought to just pocket some cash never crossed the Chief's mind. He was a straight-up, hard-charging leader who I respected tremendously (and more importantly, so did his troops under him).

    What had me nervous abou the whole situation was the lack of any plan, AT EVERY LEVEL, for accountability. I never doubted the integrity of myself or my troop leaders for a second. But my thought was eventually someone, somewhere would start thinking in a common sense way and ask for a proper accountability of all that money. And questions would be asked, and the folks asking that question wouldn't know me or the Chief from a hill of beans. Proof would be required.

    Well, that was what I thought at the time. Little did I know that the BILLIONS flushed down toilets there would never raise any kind of call for accountability. Not in these days, when spending TRILLIONS no longer bats an eye from anyone.

    Sigh...
     
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    You, know...a lot of people have mistaken my name to mean I am a current cadet graduating in 2012. In reality, I am a sophomore in HS entering an SA/ROTC in 2012. Maybe I should change my screen name?

    SO technically, I could have car right now, if I had any money to buy one (cause my parents definitely won't)...sigh, its really sad watching little freshmen driving by while I !still! ride the bus w/ no car...:rolleyes:...those who have one, relish it for a moment.
     
  16. Maximus

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    I agree with you 100%, the whole program was crazy from the start! I guess it was easy to 'just print up billions' instead of actually sending goods and services that might have had some benefit here at home. The money was accepted as play money and it's end result was play money, not a surprise but...someone way smarter than I, thought up that great way to win "hearts and minds"....[/vomit]

    I also agree on your last point with a colective....sigh...
     
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    An embarrassing situation. Im not just upset that it was a West Point graduate that committed this crime but also angry about the handling of this incident. It seems to me that although it certainly was Nguyen's fault, someone "higher up" screwed up by not having brains enough to put some oversight into it and letting something like this happen.

    What happened to Nguyen anyway? I hope he's paying dearly for what he did :smile:
     
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    He pled guilty in December and will be sentenced on March 1, 2010 at 9:30 a.m