Lake St. Louis man sentenced for illegally removing government records

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by Justine Ward /KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A Lake St. Louis man who is a former government employee has been sentenced to two years probation and thousands of dollars in fines for illegally removing records from a government office.

Jefferey Goebel was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation, a $5000 fine, $1000 restitution and 40 hours of community service

Goebel, 57, pled guilty to one felony count of illegally removing records from a government office on May 2nd.

Goebel had been the Director of the Office of Commercial Partnerships for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (“NGA”).  The NGA, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, analyzes imagery of various geographic locations on Earth, providing data to the intelligence community regarding the physical features and terrain of specific locations on Earth in support of national security needs.
 
Following his retirement from NGA in 2010, Gobel became the Vice President of a private company that was a commercial provider of high resolution earth imagery to public and private customers, including NGA.
 
In November of 2010, Gobel shared an NGA spreadsheet that contained proprietary and sensitive information of the agency with a co-worker at said private company. Shortly thereafter, the private company terminated Goebel’s employment, disclosed these events to NGA, and returned the company’s only copy of the spreadsheet to NGA on December 3, 2010. 
 
This case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for NGA, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service of the United States Department of Defense

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