Special Forces Soldier, Staff Sgt. Christopher Erickson, 33, is under investigation by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division for allegations of selling military gear online. Erickson is currently assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
A warrant filed in Federal Court in Tacoma this week alleges Erickson had an account on gunbroker.com and attempted to sell a laser night-vision gun sight online; military gear that is illegal for civilians to purchase.
According to documents filed by ACID, the high-tech gun sight known as Skeetir was listed online for $13,000, some $3,000 more than the Army pays for this piece of equipment.
It was unclear if the Army suspects Erickson of selling used equipment or if the night-vision sight was new and illegally procured.
Skeetir thermo monocular sights are manufactured by BAE Systems. In 2012 Army Special Operations Command inked a deal with BAE for $11 million. At the time the high-tech night vision sights were billed as revolutionary.The Skeetir mounts on small arms such as rifles for use in combat and can also be mounted on helmets.
UPDATE: On Feb. 12, 2015, at a special court-martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Erickson was convicted by a military panel consisting of officer and enlisted members of two specifications of selling military property of the U.S. and two specifications of larceny. The members sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-4, to forfeit $850 in pay per month for one year and to be confined for 120 days."
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