Stolen Military Optics Sold to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan via Internet
On June 1, 2009, in the Southern District of West Virginia, former U.S. Marines Timothy Oldani and Joseph Oldani were ordered to serve five months in prison and pay $52,872 in restitution, and 21 months in prison and $72,013 in restitution, respectively, for conspiring to steal military night vision optics and illegally export them from the United States. On February 2, 2009, the Oldani brothers pleaded guilty. Joseph admitted that while on active duty with the Marines, he stole military optics from his station in Georgia and transported them to his brother Timothy in West Virginia, where Timothy sold the stolen items to overseas purchasers on the Internet, primarily via eBay. The pair sold miniature night vision sights and target pointer illuminators via the Internet to purchasers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. The investigation was conducted by DCIS and ICE.