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February 04, 2015

Navy Spouse Gets 18 Months for Theft From SEAL Charity

The wife of a Navy SEAL was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for embezzling as much as $170,000 from a nonprofit that aids members of the elite unit and their families in crisis situations, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Tammy Mason pleaded guilty last year to stealing from the Navy SEAL Foundation, for which she worked part-time handling accounts payable.

Ms. Mason joined the Norfolk-based foundation, that largest of several organizations that support SEALs, in 2010 after it helped pay family medical bills. Prosecutors said that in 2013 she began using her access to the organization's bank accounts and credit cards to take between $121,000 and $170,000, spending the money on lavish trips, a personal trainer, and child-care and cellphone bills.