MARINE CORPS BASE (KHNL) - Six Marines stationed at Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe Bay appeared in federal court Thursday to face charges of conspiracy to smuggle goods out of the United States, stemming from a scheme to steal sensitive military equipment from the base to sell on the open market for personal profit.
The six active duty Marines - all United States citizens -- were arrested Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, following the execution of search warrants at two of the defendants' residences.
The case is still under investigation.
The Marines were released from the Honolulu Federal Detention Facility to their units Friday.
The Marines are:
Cpl. Mark Allen Vaught, a legal clerk and native of Abingdon, Va., is a member of Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Lance Cpl. Jason Alan Flegm, a legal clerk and native of Michigan, is a member of Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Abram III is a legal clerk and member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment as an infantryman.
Lance Cpl. Charles L. Carper, an infantryman and native of Columbia, Penn., is a member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.
Lance Cpl. Ryan A. Mathers, an assaultman and native of St. Josephs, Ind., is a member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment
Cpl. Brendon L. Schultz, an Electro-Optical Ordnance Repairer and native of Tazewell, Ill., is a member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.
The Marine Corps will continue to work closely with other federal agencies concerning this investigation.
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