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Christopher Hill pleads guilty to embelling from a Navy program

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A 46-year-old Navy employee pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $600,000 from a Navy recycling program.

Christopher Hill, of Lusby, worked as a civilian employee of the United States Navy at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He pleaded guilty to embezzling government property and filing false tax returns.

“Mr. Hill attempted to maneuver around the Government contracting process to line his own pockets rather than play within the rules. The guilty plea submitted by Mr. Hill today shows that the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, its law enforcement partners, and prosecutors, will work effectively to protect this process,” said Robert Craig, Special Agent in Charge for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Mid-Atlantic Field Office.

Authorities said that between January 2004 and April 2010, Hill deposited at least 124 checks from a company with Navy contracts totaling $631,057.41 into bank accounts he controlled. He is also accused of not filing tax returns for 2005 through 2007.

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