U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente announced Friday a former comptroller for the Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) was sentenced to 40 months in prison for accepting gratuities.
Fifty-seven-year-old William R. Hutsenpiller of Mount Dora, Florida served as the civilian GS-15 financial department comptroller for the NSSA from October 2009 through November 2013. Hutsenpiller conspired with others to force a prime contractor for the government to utilize Fayetteville, North Carolina-based Global Services Corporation, a defense subcontractor. Hutsenpiller collaborated with Global to misuse government funds, according to court documents.
The prime contractor passed government funds to Global, which withheld unexpended funds that should have been returned to the prime contractor or federal government, all under the direction of Huntsenpiller.
Global agreed to provide Hutsenpiller with services and various items of value, including iPads, a home thermostat, a computer, streaming TV boxes and cellphone service, all purchased with government funds.
Hutsenpiller pleaded guilty on April 10 to receive $35,870.69 in gratuities from Global Services Corp. In addition to the 40-month prison sentence, Hutsenpiller was ordered to forfeit $35,000 and pay $35,870.60 in restitution.