BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A federal jury convicted a former Air Force firearms instructor from Brunswick of embezzling government funds and selling firearms without a license.
Timothy John Arnold, 43, worked as a firearms and tactics instructor for the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glynco, Ga., from 2005-2011.
Prosecutors claimed he used a government credit card and purchasing orders to buy more than $400,000 worth of firearms and other unauthorized items over a five-year period.
Prosecutors claimed Arnold kept some of the items for himself, and sold or traded away the rest. And prosecutors argued Arnold used some of the firearms parts to manufacture customized AR-15 rifles, which he sold.
"Members of our armed services protect our country, our communities, and our way of life. In this day of tight budgets and constricted funding, it is more important than ever that every taxpayer dollar meant for our military be utilized to the fullest extent, particularly when meant for training designed to protect the lives of those who protect us," said U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver.