GULFPORT -- A former employee at Keesler Air Force Base and his cousin have admitted stealing thousands of dollars in alcohol from retail stores on the military base.
Dameon Mack, who worked for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Biloxi, and Jeremy Mack pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit theft of government property.
They each face up to five years in prison at their sentencings June 21.
Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. also could order restitution, fine each of them up to $250,000 and order three years of probation. Guirola has allowed them to remain free on unsecured bonds of $25,000.
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Both are 26 years old.
Dameon Mack was working for AAFES when the crimes were committed.
AAFES oversees retail establishments at Keesler, where alcoholic beverages are available at the Shoppette/Class Six store and the Base Exchange.
The cousins stole several thousand dollars in alcohol over a period of five months, from December 2014 until April 2015, an indictment filed Nov. 17 said.
Dameon Mack stole most of the alcohol plus an assortment of alcoholic beverages. He also was accused in the largest theft incident in which 18 cases disappeared in one day. The indictment said Jeremy Mack helped him in thefts on one day and took stolen alcohol to other places for unauthorized sales.
Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control agents had arrested Jeremy Mack on April 1, 2015, on a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of distributing alcoholic beverages without a permit, the jail docket shows. The docket shows no booking mug for Dameon Mack.
A nine-count federal indictment was filed following an investigation.
The cousins were each indicted on a conspiracy charge.
Dameon Mack also faced five counts of theft of government property. Jeremy Mack faced one count of the same charge.