Ex-supply official at Dugway site pleads not guilty to theft

Published on March 16, 2017 at 11:05AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A civilian employee who ran the U.S. Army supply and logistics center at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah has pleaded not guilty to a federal theft of government property charge. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that U.S. District Magistrate Judge Paul Warner on Wednesday set a May 22 trial date for Phillip Tomac, who could face up to 10 years in prison a fine of up to $250,000. Tomac’s court-appointed attorney, Edwin Wall, declined to comment. A Feb. 8 indictment accuses Tomac of stealing equipment including military-grade optics between June 2012 and January. A Dugway spokesman says some materials included rifle scopes. Tomac began work at the Dugway supply and logistics center in October 2010, and became center director in January 2013.