Former Navy comptroller sentenced for accepting illegal gratuities

Harry Randall Withers (Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A former comptroller for the Norfolk Ship Support Activity was sentenced to 40 months in prison for conspiracy to receive gratuities by a public official.

Court documents show that 57-year-old William R. Hutsenpiller, of Mount Dora, Florida, oversaw a $200 million operating budget for the NSSA while serving as the civilian GS-15 Financial Department Head/Comptroller from October 2009 through November 2013.

During this time, Hutsenpiller conspired with others to essentially force a government prime contractor to use Global Services Corporation, which he knew would collaborate with him to misuse government funds.

As part of the scheme, Hutsenpiller directed the prime contractor to pass government funds to Global. Hutsenpiller directed Global to withhold unexpended funds that should have been returned to the government or to the prime contractor.

Hutsenpiller made many requests that Global provide him with various items of value and services for his personal use, which Global agreed to purchase with government funds from 2010 through 2014. The gratuities that Global provided to Hutsenpiller included a variety of personal electronic items and accessories for him.

Hutsenpiller pleaded guilty to receiving $35,870.69 in gratuities from Global Services Corp on April 10, 2017.

As part of today’s sentencing, Hutsenpiller was ordered to pay a Restitution Judgment of $35,870.60, and to pay a forfeiture amount of $35,000.