Ex-Raytheon worker admits he stole night vision scopes

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by Associated Press

wfaa.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 2:47 PM

DALLAS -- A former Raytheon engineer has pleaded guilty to stealing night vision scopes being built for the U.S. Army.

Ray Dean Young faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution. The 47-year-old from Flower Mound pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Dallas federal court to theft of government property, federal prosecutors say.

Prosecutors say Young stole at least seven thermal weapons sights, also called night vision scopes, in 2004 and 2005. He held what's called a "secret" security clearance when he worked at Raytheon.

Young sold the stolen scopes to a neighbor who said he wanted to use them for hunting. The neighbor paid Young more than $50,000 for the equipment, and Young used the money to pay credit cards and other bills.

It is unclear if the neighbor faces any charges.

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