Saturday, June 13, 2015

Herrin's Crimes

Tony Herrin
Sierra Army Depot Supervisor pled guilty to theft of military weaponry

Sacramento, California - United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced the conviction of one Sierra Army Depot employee and the guilty plea of another. Tony Herrin, 36, of Reno, Nevada, pleaded guilty today to theft of government property.  Gregory Devon Biggs, 38, got 16 months for theft.

Ben Wagner
US Attorney

The two Sierra Army Depot employees worked in John Dingman’s Non-Standard Equipment (NSE) program.  Biggs and Herrin stole  military equipment they inventoried at the Sierra Army Depot, a U.S. Army base in Herlong, California.  John Dingman no longer works at the Depot for reasons officially unrelated to these arrests or his own alleged crimes.  The program is now headed by Dingman’s deputy Riley Junk.

Riley Junk (center) along with felon Don Yancey (left) and Dave Gard (right) all three men are managers at the Sierra Army Depot.  They had knowledge and responsibility for the thefts of military weaponry.

According to court documents, while at NSE, Herrin and Biggs received, catalogued, and inventoried military equipment returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Biggs and Herrin worked in the same building (Warehouse 301).  They stole numerous items of sophisticated military equipment.

Police grade Taser

Range Finders

military grade flashlights

Description                                    Quantity                  Value             
Taser devices                                           3
Vectronix systems used to detect targets                       10         $221,787
military grade flashlights                                 6        $ 11,267
thermal imaging sights                               25                                     
Total Losses Due to Theft                                      $411,000

Tony Herrin served in the Army in the 1990s.

These cases are the product of investigations by the Law Enforcement Division of the United States Army, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Tony Herrin with his stepfather Rick Anderson (deceased).  Rick Anderson was the target of a Office of Special Counsel Complaint of Nepotism and Theft in October of 2013.  Whistleblowers accused Rick Anderson of promoting his son Chad Anderson and covering up alleged thefts perpetrated by Chad Anderson.  Whistleblowers also accused Inspector  General Terry Champion of whitewashing the complaint.
Portrait of a Crime Family?
an Anderson Family Christmas
Rick Anderson in the back.  Chad Anderson left and Tony Herrin in the center.

Chad Anderson
Property Book Manager
Sierra Army Depot
Unindicted co-conspirator in Theft 

Herrin is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on May 27, 2015. Herrin faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Riley Junk and Devon Biggs with General Ann Dunwoody.  At the time of Devon Biggs' April 3, 2013 arrest, Biggs communicated with someone via text message.  Law Enforcement still has not revealed who that person was.  What is certain is that Riley Junk hired and promoted Devon Biggs and Tony Herrin.  Riley Junk knew about Devon Biggs stealing government property and did NOTHING. 

To this day, no supervisor or Army officer has been reprimanded, fired or charged with any crimes related to this case.  Where as the Whistleblowers have all been fired and removed from the Sierra Army Depot.

Aric Manner
Chief of Staff
Sierra Army Depot 

Charlie Slosson
Current commander of the Sierra Army Depot
To this day no Whistleblower has been rehired, recommended for promotion or awarded or otherwise recognized for their help to law enforcement on his watch.  Slosson is aware but has done nothing to stem the tide of thefts that still occur to this day.

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