Two sentenced for stealing from Texas National Guard

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Two people are going to federal prison for stealing military equipment from the Texas National Guard in Austin. Federal prosecutors say the pair stole equipment worth $2.4 million between 2016 and 2019.

27-year-old Cristal Avila was a member of the Texas National Guard. 36-year-old Joseph Mora was a program analyst with the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office.

Prosecutors say they stole scopes, infrared laser aiming devices and thermal night vision goggles from the National Guard and later sold those items on-line. Both entered pleas of "guilty" to charges of theft of government property this summer. Mora was sentenced to three years in federal prison and Avila was sentenced to two years.

"Stealing military equipment and offering it to the highest bidder endangers our communities and the brave men and women who protect us here at home and abroad," said Gregg Sofer, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas. "We can rest easier knowing that these items are not being offered up to criminals or those who would use them for nefarious purposes."