Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former Army Reserve lieutenant colonel gets prison time for defrauding military

David Young served in the Persian Gulf War, became a Green Beret and was awarded a Bronze Star.

David Young served in the Persian Gulf War, became a Green Beret and was awarded a Bronze Star.

A former lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison Friday for defrauding the military.

David Young, 51, of Hernando Beach, pleaded guilty in federal court in Utah to charges of disclosure of procurement information and money laundering.

Young traded confidential information about a military contract bid, which earned him $9.4 million.

He is scheduled to begin his sentence Aug. 4.

The Tampa Bay Times has written extensively about Young since 2011, when federal agents raided his 5,197-square-foot home.

In 2007 Young worked with the U.S. government to help train Afghan security forces. The government solicited a bid for companies to handle the contract, and Young happened to know the owner of American International Security Corp., a company interested in bidding.

Co-conspirator Christopher Harris' plea agreement outlines that Young shared with Harris and the company's owner, Michael Taylor, confidential information about the government's price estimate and competitors' bids.

American International Security Corp. won that bid, and Harris profited $17 million because of it. In Harris' plea agreement he says he wired $9.4 million of that amount to Young through various sources.

Young originally denied any wrongdoing.

"I was raised right by my parents," he told the Times. "I knew right from wrong."

Prior to his legal problems, he was one of the youngest state legislators in New Hampshire history at the age of 21. He joined the Army, served in the Persian Gulf War, became a Green Beret, was awarded a Bronze Star and was called a hero. When he returned to New Hampshire he earned his law degree.

Friends thought he seemed destined to run for governor or U.S. Senate.

But in 2006 he was disbarred for misusing his client's settlement money. Two years later the government court-martialed Young, saying he took two Navy Humvees in Afghanistan.

He moved to Florida shortly after, hoping for a fresh start.

He could not be reached for comment Friday.

Weston Phippen can be reached at or (727) 893-8321

Former Army Reserve lieutenant colonel gets prison time for defrauding military 06/13/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 13, 2014 9:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trigaux: For Class of 2016, college debt loads favor Florida graduates


    Florida college graduates saddled with student debt: Take heart. The average debt Class of 2016 Florida grads must bear is less than students in most states.

    University of South Florida undergraduates gather at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa for last fall's commencement ceremony. A new survey finds their average student debt upon graduating was $22,276. Statewide, 2016 Florida grads ranked a relatively unencumbered 45th among states, averaging $24,461 in student debt. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. Romano: One person, one vote is not really accurate when it comes to Florida


    Imagine this:

    Your mail-in ballot for the St. Petersburg mayoral election has just arrived. According to the fine print, if you live on the west side of the city, your ballot will count as one vote. Meanwhile, a ballot in St. Pete's northeast section counts for three votes.

    Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections worker Andrea West adds mail ballots to an inserter Sept. 22 at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Largo. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
  3. St. Petersburg will hold first budget hearing tonight

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Sunshine City's new property tax rate looks exactly like its current rate. For the second year in a row, Mayor Rick Kriseman does not plan to ask City Council for a tax hike or a tax cut.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman talks about the state of the city on Tuesday, two days after Hiurricane Irma passed through the state. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  4. 'We were lucky': Zephyrhills, Dade City get back to normal after Irma


    Two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, residents and city officials in eastern Pasco — hit harder than other areas of the county — are moving forward to regain normalcy.

    Edward F. Wood, 70, tugs at a branch to unload a pile of debris he and his wife picked up in their neighborhood, Lakeview in the Hills in Dade City.
  5. After Hurricane Irma, many ask: How safe are shelters?


    NAPLES — Residents of the Naples Estates mobile home park beamed and cheered when President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott strolled amid piles of shredded aluminum three days after Hurricane Irma to buck up residents and hail the work of emergency responders. But almost nobody had anything good to say about …

    The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area opened its doors to anyone seeking temporary shelter during Hurricane Irma. Evacuees were housed in the Istaba multipurpose building and was quickly at capacity housing over 500 people. [Saturday, September 9, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]