Ex-Navy Workers Sentenced in Travel Voucher Scheme

GULFPORT -- One of two former Navy workers recently sentenced in a travel voucher scheme in Gulfport has been ordered to prison for three years and restitution of about $55,000.

Quentin Lydell Lacour, once considered a superior leader and role model, also must serve 100 hours of community service within a year of his release from prison, according to a judgment filed in federal court Friday.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced Lacour last week on charges of conspiracy to submit false claims and aggravated identity theft.

Lacour pleaded guilty Aug. 27, admitting his role in the crimes and of using someone else's identity on vouchers for money deposited into his bank account in 2008 and 2009.

Lacour and eight other former or current Navy workers were indicted in Gulfport following a probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service of false travel claims filed at the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Center by members of NMCB 74.

Lacour later was reassigned to NMCB 28 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., where he was a leading petty officer in the supply department.

Military evaluations since January 2011 show he was considered "an absolute superstar" and a "meticulous fiscal manager" with "unparalleled expertise in financial management" involving $4.1 million in assets.

He was on track for promotion to chief petty officer.

One evaluation, dated Nov. 18, 2012, indicates NCIS suspected Lacour's involvement in the travel-voucher scheme in Gulfport months before he was indicted.

"Evidence of a serious offense and misconduct occurring prior to this reporting period has precluded recommendation for frocking or advancement," the evaluation concluded.

Court papers show Lacour's last duty assignment was in Port Hueneme, Calif., where he was approved for an honorable discharge in July. That was the month he was ordered to court in Gulfport on a 44-count federal indictment.

His restitution is the second-highest amount ordered among those already sentenced in related prosecutions.

Fred James Wheat Porterfield and Juan Saldivar were ordered to repay more than $139,000. Both worked in logistics support as 3rd-class petty officers at NMCB 74. They also received prison terms of about three years.

The money Lacour owes includes nearly $6,500 in travel-voucher payments handled by Porterfield.

Also last week, Brian Scott Carlton was sentenced to two years' probation, fined $500 and ordered to repay $1,486.38 in travel money. He was a utilitiesman 2nd class.

Five others are free on bond pending prosecution. They are set for trial on a court calendar that starts Jan. 6.

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