Rick Steele with his dog Ernie. Photo by SPECIAL TO THE DENVER POST

Federal prosecutors have charged the former chief of construction at Fort Carson with failing to report $3,378 in gifts he received while on the job in May 2007.

The U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Trust Division filed the charge Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver against William T. Armstrong of Pueblo, who served as construction chief from 2007-2008.

Armstrong is accused of filing a false document in January 2008, specifically a confidential financial disclosure report that he was required to submit annually as part of his job.

Court documents state the government used electronic and photographic surveillance during its investigation.

The criminal filing does not specify the nature of the gifts or who made them.

Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said those details are expected to be disclosed at a Sept. 2 hearing before U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel. At that time, Armstrong is expected to change his plea from not guilty to guilty, Dorschner said.

Armstrong’s attorney David L. Miller said he could not comment on the case at this time.

A spokeswoman for Fort Carson referred questions about Armstrong’s work history to the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command in Virginia. It could not be reached for comment.

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If Armstrong is found guilty, he faces a potential penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Lance Benzel contributed to this report


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