RALEIGH, N.C. – A Yorkville, IL man was arrested on charges of
conspiracy, theft of government property, and interstate transportation
of stolen goods.
According to court documents, Rafael Montalvo, 31, is a former
Individual Material Readiness List (IMRL) Manager aboard Marine Corps
Air Station Cherry Point, NC, and a current Illinois State Trooper and
member of the Illinois National Guard. He conspired with others in and
outside the State of North Carolina to steal government-owned avionics
and electronic testing equipment from multiple Marine Aviation
Squadrons, and ship the stolen goods interstate to buyers located in
other states. The conspiracy, alleged to have occurred between March
2018 and the present, is described as having used IMRL managers with
access to the avionics equipment to steal from the military
installations, and then either ship directly to Montalvo or to persons
whom Montalvo directed. Montalvo received payment from the buyer, and
paid those who reportedly stole the equipment for him.
Montalvo is charged with violations of 18 U.S.C. § 641, theft of
government property, 18 U.S.C. § 2314, interstate transportation of
stolen goods, and 18 U.S.C. § 371, conspiracy to undertake those
crimes. He faces a maximum penalty of 300 months in prison if
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of
North Carolina made the announcement. The Naval Criminal Investigative
Service, with assistance from the Defense Criminal Investigative
Service, is investigating the case.