[ISN] Online Porn Site Said to Have Duped U.S. Army

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Date: Sat Mar 09 2002 - 02:05:05 PST

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    March 07, 2002 05:50 PM ET 
    NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - A computer specialist was charged Thursday
    with operating a sex show Web site on a high-speed line which he got
    the U.S. army to pay for by telling them it was used for communicating
    with forces in Bosnia.
    Gilbert Benjamin, 49, was arrested at his Neptune, New Jersey, home by
    special agents of the Army Criminal Investigation Division and the
    Defense Criminal Investigative Service.
    A 68-count indictment charges him with mail and wire fraud and
    submitting false claims with the intention of defrauding the
    government, said assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Guadagno.
    The indictment alleges Benjamin charged the Army more than $100,000
    for the cost of running the T-1 Internet line between 1997 and 1998,
    telling officials at the Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, Army base it was
    needed to back up the base's communications with U.S. military forces
    in Bosnia.
    Instead, Benjamin was using the line to operate an adult entertainment
    Web site called Blue Sky whose paid subscribers could participate in
    two-way video hook-ups including live sex shows, Guadagno said.
    In a second ploy, Benjamin allegedly ordered computers and computer
    parts claiming they were needed for Army-related activities. But he
    used them for his venture then resold them to an electronics company
    owned by his brother in Berlin, New Hampshire.
    The total loss to the government is estimated at more than $300,000,
    Guadagno said.
    Benjamin faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $250,000
    fine on each count.
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