- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Jurors have found a U.S. Navy civilian from Iowa guilty on charges of obstructing an investigation and making false statements.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt of the Southern District of Iowa said Friday that 41-year-old Steven William Ashton, of Davenport, was found guilty following a nine-day trial.

Ashton, who was based in Italy, worked for the Navy as its NATO and Host Nations program manager for Europe, Africa and southwest Asia. Prosecutors say he created false documents to obstruct Navy officials from investigating his private consulting business. They also say he made false statements about his tour of duty to obtain federal benefits and access to military bases worldwide.

Ashton was found not guilty of theft of government funds for collecting $360,000 in housing assistance that he wasn’t entitled to.

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