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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Copper thief got probation

A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory worker was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $40,000 for stealing more than 40 tons of copper from his employers over a three-year period.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/24/feds-man-stole-43000-pounds-of-copper-over-three-years/amp/

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The article stated he was "hindered by a bad back injury in 2009" and yet, he was able to move 43000 lbs of copper. He's allowed to resign rather than be fired. At least he wasn't running a porn web site on a government system.

Anonymous said...


He would have done well at LANL. Follow the money!

Anonymous said...

A former LLNL employee with a security clearance steals over 100,000 dollars of Lab copper from 2011 to 2014, and the case just went to court in April of 2019? Did it take 5 years for the LLNS Security Organization to figure out they were missing 43,000 pounds of copper?

Anonymous said...

Or maybe the back injury was actually caused by moving 43,000 pounds of copper at LLNL. Shouldn't that qualify him for worker's comp?? I smell more business for his lawyer ahead.

Anonymous said...

You have a ~$100,000 worth of stolen copper, a court case 5 years after the thefts ended, the misdemeanor, probation, and giving the employee in question the opportunity to resign, don't add up. Were certain steps taken by the NNSA LFO and LLNS to lower or eliminate a DOE/NNSA infraction penalty or PER award reduction against LLNS for security or inventory negligence?

Anonymous said...

Copper theft is a continuing problem for DOE and the government.

https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/Impact%20of%20Copper%20Thefts%20on%20the%20Department%20of%20Energy%20%28OIG%20Case%20No%20%20I11IG002%29.pdf

Sadly, nothing has stopped it from happening.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, nothing has stopped it from happening.

11/10/2019 3:01 PM

Are you aware of anything that has been done to stop it from happening?

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