Four Arrested In Scheme To Sell Stolen Moon Rocks
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FOUR ARRESTED IN SCHEME TO SELL STOLEN MOON ROCKS
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Office of Inspector General
July 22, 2002
On July 20, 2002, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Tampa and the
NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) recovered priceless lunar samples
brought back to Earth by each of the Apollo missions that landed on the
moon. A 600-pound safe containing lunar samples from every Apollo mission
was stolen from the Johnson Space Center on July 13.
James F. Jarboe, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Tampa Division, and Lance
Carrington, NASA OIG Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, today
announced the arrest, without incident, of three individuals, Thad Ryan
Roberts, Age 25; Tiffany Brooke Fowler, age 22; and Gordon Sean McWorter,
age 26. The three were taken into custody late Saturday in Orlando, Florida,
by Special Agents of the FBI and the NASA OIG and charged with Conspiracy to
Commit Theft of Government Property and Transportation in Interstate
Commerce of Stolen Property. A fourth individual, Shae Lynn Saur, age 19,
was arrested in Houston and also charged with Conspiracy. Roberts, Fowler,
and Saur were student employees at Johnson Space Center.
Jarboe stated that since May 2002, an FBI undercover operation has utilized
e-mail to communicate with an individual offering priceless moon rocks,
which the individual described as the world¹s largest private and verifiable
Apollo rock collection. The e-mail messages were sent from several locations
-- the University of Utah, Johnson Space Center and a public library in
Houston. The continued exchanges included curatorial and historical records
on the samples provided by the seller, and culminated in a meeting at a
restaurant in Orlando over the weekend of July 20-21 to finalize the
purchase of the Apollo moon rocks.
Mr. Jarboe praised the joint investigative efforts of the NASA OIG and the
FBI in the swift recovery and arrest(s) in this matter.
The defendants arrested in Orlando were afforded their initial appearance
before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas B. McCoun on July 22, 2002.
The FBI began this investigation after receiving a tip through an e-mail
address established by the Tampa Division for Internet Fraud Matters. The
e-mail address is ifcc.tp@.... The NASA OIG also operates a
cyber-hotline, which can be found at:
For more information on this release, please call Paul Shawcross, Executive
Officer, NASA Office of Inspector General, at (202) 358-2558.
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