JBER battalion commander charged in $400K fraud scheme

The head of an Army system stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is accuseded of filing almost half a million dollars in fraudulent insurance declares covering more than three years.Lt.

Col. Christopher DeMure, 40, faces charges of mail and wire scams in addition to cash laundering in the event, inning accordance with U.S. Lawyer for Alaska, Bryan Schroder's office. DeMure -- leader of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Routine within the Fourth Brigade Fight Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division-- allegedly made over $475,000 in incorrect claims and received nearly $400,000 from September 2014 to February of this year.U.S.

Army Alaska representative John Pennell confirmed DeMure's status as leader of the battalion, which recently returned from a trip of responsibility in Afghanistan, however he referred all other concerns about the case to Schroder's office.According to charging files, DeMure's scheme involved claims made to military insurance provider USAA Federal Cost savings Bank along with American Express on at least seven separate occasions. In one incident, he supposedly claimed more than$215,000 in false losses from a U-Haul van he stated was burglarized in July 2016 when he relocated to JBER from Fort Benning, Ga.In a Palmer case from in 2015, DeMure allegedly informed local authorities a backpack containing an

Apple iWatch and items worth countless dollars was stolen from the parking lot of the Palmer Fred Meyer. After talking with Palmer law enforcement officers Virginia Calvert, he allegedly submitted a fake Palmer cops report written by an"Officer Z. Calvert"to American Express to record his claim-- a report rejected by the genuine Officer Calvert when investigators consulted with her. Federal district attorneys state JBER battalion commander Chris DeMure submitted this incorrect Palmer authorities report with American Express to record a false insurance claim in 2017. (Credit: From U.S. Lawyer's Workplace)" To name a few things, Officer Calvert

encouraged that Palmer PD did not produce a cops report associated to Chris DeMure's get in touch with July 11, 2017, and that she was not the author of the document that Chris DeMure offered to [American Express],"

prosecutors wrote.Another event saw DeMure make an incorrect report to Los Angeles cops of a missing out on bag during a July 2017 journey to Fiji, according to charging files."DeMure invested much of the insurance payment loan to pay off automobile loans, credit cards, home loan, and other individual debts and

expenses, consisting of a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban and a 2016 Audi A7,"prosecutors wrote in Thursday's statement.If convicted, DeMure faces a maximum sentence of Twenty Years in prison and

a$250,000 fine.