Federal Worker Pleads Guilty in $94K Shopping Spree

Fredericksburg resident James Troy Clark will be sentenced in February 2014.

Crime. Patch file photo.
Crime. Patch file photo.
A Fredericksburg resident working as an information technology specialist  for the National Science Foundation (NSF) pleaded guilty late Thursday to theft of government property totaling more than $90,000, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

James Troy Clark, 51, was responsible for purchasing information technology supplies and services for his office at NSF using government-issued purchase cards, according to court records.  

"From 2010 through July 2013, Clark used these purchase cards to purchase items for his personal use and the personal use of others, including cellular telephones and the attendant monthly service charges for those phones; multiple laptop computers and tablets; thousands of dollars in movies, music, and other content from the Apple iTunes store; and numerous other electronic devices and accessories," the DOJ said in a press release.

The total amount of purchases made by Clark for his and others’ personal use is reported as $94,493.   Clark faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 21, 2014.

The case was investigated by National Science Foundation’s Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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