A former Marine who stole thousands of dollars from the accounts of his enlisted comrades was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
Edgar Hermosillo also was ordered to pay $39,094 in restitution, the amount authorities said he pilfered from the accounts. Hermosillo will be on probation for five years after he is released from prison.
Hermosillo admitted that he used the Pacific Marine Credit Union to steal money from 15 enlisted Marines. He obtained bank account numbers and personal identification codes from a computer based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., the federal government said.
He wired the money to Western Union locations in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, using fake identification cards to pick up the cash.
The 24-year-old from El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty to the charges in April.
In a statement to U.S. District Judge Philip Pro, Hermosillo apologized for "dumb, foolish and ignorant actions." He blamed the stress of having been away from his wife more than half of the time they were married.
Hermosillo served in the Marines between 2001 and 2005
Hermosillo and his wife, Corina, were expecting their first child when he was deployed to Iraq in 2003.
He asked the military to delay his deployment for one month so that he could be with his wife when she gave birth. His request was denied.
Corina Hermosillo told Pro that other Marines were allowed to return home to see their firstborn children.
"My husband always wondered why he wasn’t given the same privilege," she wrote in a seven-page letter to the judge.
The couple moved to Las Vegas in 2006 with hopes of making more money in Nevada.
Corina Hermosillo said her family was stunned when federal agents arrested her husband. She described her husband as a caring man in her letter.
Ricardo Arenivar, Hermosillo’s father, unsuccessfully pleaded with the judge to keep his son out of prison, saying he had left his family twice to serve in the military.
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