Inflatable bounce house could mean trip to ‘big house’

Crimes and Courts

A father and son may yet rue the day when an inflatable bounce house came into their lives, should it lead to an extended stay at the “big house.”

In a press release, United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell announced federal grand jury indictments of Sergeant First Class Shane Morgan with the West Virginia Army National Guard and Master Sergeant (retired) Russell Morgan.

The father and son stand accused of stealing at least 80 items of U.S. Government property worth in excess of $80,000, while working at the United States Property and Fiscal Office, West Virginia warehouse. Russell Morgan served as Warehouse Supervisor between June 2009 and August 2016. Sergeant First Class Morgan worked as a full-time Federal Technician with the West Virginia Army National Guard at the USPFO-WV.

Count three of the indictment accuses the pair of embezzling an inflatable bounce house from the Government. The indictment goes on to accuse Sergeant First Class Morgan of forging the property document to downgrade the bounce house’s condition to unserviceable or condemned.

Government attorneys seek a financial judgment of at least $11,000 against the pair. If convicted on the charges, both men face up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the conspiracy charge and up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the embezzlement charge. Shane Morgan also faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the unauthorized sale charge, and up to five years incarceration and a fine of $250,000 fine for the false written statement charge.

Both the West Virginia Army National Guard and West Virginia State Police investigated.

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