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#1
Not seen it elsewhere, feel free to hole it if its been done. From the beeb -

Man cleared of stealing from SAS
An Army finance sergeant has been cleared of stealing cash from the SAS.

Staff Sgt Mark McKay, 35, of Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, denied stealing $200,000 (about £100,000) from the SAS headquarters in Hereford.

He had told Bulford Military Court the cash was earned "legitimately" by running a private tuck shop during a deployment in the Middle East in 2003.

A board of five Army officers took an hour and 20 minutes to return its not guilty verdict.

The week-long court martial heard how Staff Sgt McKay, of the Adjutant General's Corps (AGC), made profits on selling everything from alcohol, toiletries and cigarettes to Viagra.

The father-of-two was arrested after money was found in plant pots outside his home.

Sales to troops

He told the court earlier he was "ashamed" by the huge profits he made.

Staff Sgt McKay, who had served in the Middle East between February and May 2003 during the Second Gulf War, was posted to Ballykelly after leaving the SAS.

John Mackenzie, defending, said he had earned the cash legitimately by running the private venture, funded with his own cash.

He provided products to SAS troops and large numbers of soldiers from other coalition countries based at the same compound, which was in a "country bordering Iraq".

Staff Sgt McKay told the military court that during the three-month deployment he made a total of $371,000 (about £186,000) in addition to doing his official clerical duties.

He was one of only several people allowed off the base for non-operational reasons, and he said he used that opportunity to buy items with his own money in a nearby city and then sell them on.
And previously

SAS accused 'ran alcohol sale'
A pay clerk accused of stealing $200,000 (about £100,000) from the SAS said the money was profits from selling alcohol to soldiers serving in Iraq.

Staff Sgt Mark McKay, of Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, made about twice that amount while serving in the Middle East in 2003, a court martial heard.

The 35-year-old was arrested after money was found in plant pots outside his home, Bulford Military Court heard.

He denies stealing the cash from public funds at SAS headquarters, in Hereford.

The court martial has been told $200,000 in US currency, allegedly stolen from the cash office between November 2003 and July 2004, was discovered in plastic bags hidden in the plant pots.

'Not appropriate'

Staff Sgt McKay, who had served in the Middle East between February and May 2003 during the Second Gulf War, was posted to Ballykelly after leaving the SAS.

John Mackenzie, defending, said he had earned the cash legitimately by running the private venture, funded with his own cash.

He provided the drinks, Mr Mackenzie said, to SAS troops and large numbers of soldiers from other coalition countries based at the same compound, which was in a "country bordering Iraq".

Mr McKay ran the service in addition to his official duties as a finance sergeant, which involved accounting for and providing money for SAS operational requirements, Mr Mackenzie added.

'Very, very good'

As part of his job, Mr McKay was one of only a few soldiers allowed to go off the base into the nearby city to buy supplies and draw funds to pay contractors working to set up the camp.

The court heard how Mr McKay realised there was a market among the troops at the base for cigarettes and alcohol.

Mr Mackenzie said his client would buy cases of beer for about £10 and then sell them on for £37 or £50.

His client list went up to "several thousand", the court heard.

Mr McKay's former boss Major Gerald Crowe told the court the sergeant had been "very, very good at his job" and said he had been unaware of his war zone alcohol business.

He said: "He should not have been running his own business.

"It is not appropriate. I'm shocked to hear that."

The case continues.
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Free market in action IMO, mind you £50 for a slab of beers a bit steep :wink:
 
#6
Can't fault the guy for turning a profit. I did it in G1. Was always poping down town to haggle with the local 'business men'. On return to Blackadder I would sell the stuff on for a SMALL profit. However, this guy has certainly kicked the knads out of it!

I am however, confused over where he was supposed to have stolen the money from? Was there not a hole in a bank balance somewhere that raised the concerns of his boss?

If all funds were correctly accounted for then how did this get to court? Are we saying that just because he was a SSgt he wasn't supposed to have that much money?
 
#7
Can't see any "stealing" going on here at all.

Gouging or profiteering maybe but they are not illegal.

More correctly known as capitalism and market forces/supply and demand?

Shite reporting again or something more sinister?
 
#8
The father-of-two was arrested after money was found in plant pots outside his home.
Strange behaviour for an AGC professional. You'd expect him to use a high-interest off-shore account for £100K, instead of it being left outside to be nicked. Perhaps this sort of behaviour is why there's a forking great hole in the Defence Budget ...


BTW, if he was with THEM, what colour are his flowerpots?
We might get a useful clue from that ... 8)
 
#9
Should have been run through an extension of unit non-public funds for the benefit of all. Mark-up under QRs is limited to a fraction of what he was making and the profits could have been used for welfare purposes. Surprising the SAS lads fell for it. He's a either very brave or very stupid to rip them off.

He was running a business and I hope the selfish cn*t gets done for back tax and self-employed NICs.
 

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#10
Supply and demand! As they say, something is only worth what somebody is willing to pay. If they didn't want to buy it they wouldn't have.
 
#12
I smell BS,
Going by reports he made roughly £1550 A DAY from his sales (various assumptions taken into account)
Then hid the money in a plant pot outside his house.

One report i read last week, Can't find link. said the money was in sequential bundles.

Anyway good luck to him, he managed to fleece somebody and get away with it.
How about a donation to H4H
 
#13
Sounds like he basically set up a cash n carry, but with no overheads and a captive market

Fair game to him, If he was charging too much someone else would have got off their arrses and aquired the gear themselves

If he was using company transport/fuel or other assets it might have been an issue..................

Hiding your cash in flower pots is a bit squirrelly and suspicious though
 
#14
light_projector said:
Should have been run through an extension of unit non-public funds for the benefit of all. Mark-up under QRs is limited to a fraction of what he was making and the profits could have been used for welfare purposes. Surprising the SAS lads fell for it. He's a either very brave or very stupid to rip them off.

He was running a business and I hope the selfish cn*t gets done for back tax and self-employed NICs.
Get off your high horse, no-one was forced to buy the gear.If anyone had complained I'm sure the QM would have got a grip and took it over.

Mind you, some other people faired rather well from enterprises run from said location.......
 
#15
vandyke said:
One report i read last week, Can't find link. said the money was in sequential bundles.
Presumably from dinars/dirhams/dollars at a compliant local bank?

How about a donation to H4H
Or indeed Help Them Out ... it would get us off his back :lol:

Buy a Slingsby Pin, Guv? Helps a mate, and brings you good luck.

:wink:
 
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