ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Steven Rosine, a former employee at a production facility that manufactures night vision goggles used by the U.S. military, was sentenced on Monday to 18 months in federal prison for stealing night vision devices and other components and selling them over the internet.
According to the Department of Justice, 48-year-old Rosine pleaded guilty in September 2020 to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property.
“When Rosine stole critical defense products to sell for his own greed, he committed a serious crime. Today’s sentence ought to send a strong message to those who are trusted with protecting our national security infrastructure that such conduct will not be tolerated. We appreciate the hard work that went into this case by the dedicated team, including Homeland Security Investigations and the Roanoke County Police.”Daniel P. Bubar, Acting U.S. Attorney
Court documents indicate that from 1996 to 2019, Rosine was employed as a production engineer at Harris Corporation’s night vision manufacturing facility in Roanoke.
During his employment, he had access to night vision devices and various components used in device manufacturing.
Between 2010 and 2014, Rosine was said to have stolen approximately 66 pounds of a soft metal called Indium, a crucial element used in the night vision manufacturing process. Authorities say he sold the stolen Indium online to a company in California for his own personal financial gain, yielding a profit of $51,622.
From 2012 to 2018, authorities say he also stole various image intensifier tubes, night vision systems, and component parts from Harris Corporation. He subsequently listed the items for sale online.
Rosine maintained a dedicated PayPal account into which he deposited more than $119,000 in proceeds from his illicit sale of night vision devices.
A majority of the night vision devices Rosine sold are classified as third-generation image intensifier tubes and were manufactured using classified production data.