ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – A former production facility employee that manufacturers night vision devices used by the U.S. Military has pleaded guilty on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke to stealing night vision devices and other component parts and selling them over the internet.
Steven Rosine, 47, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property.
At sentencing, Rosine faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.
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.
Between approximately 2010 and 2104, Rosine allegedly stole approximately 66 pounds of a soft metal, indium, a crucial element used in the night vision manufacturing process and sold the stolen indium on the Internet to a California company for his own financial gain that yielded a profit of $51,622.
Then, from 2012 through 2018, Rosine was said to have stolen various image intensifier tubes, night vision systems, and component parts from his employer and also listed these items for sale online. He also was said to have maintained a dedicated PayPal account that he deposited more than $119,000 in proceeds from the illicit sale of night vision devices.