- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport man has pleaded not guilty to charges he stole from the U.S. Navy by collecting housing assistance money he wasn’t entitled to.

The Quad-City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1kVK1MI ) 41-year-old Steven William Ashton pleaded not guilty to theft and other charges stemming from an investigation that began a year ago in Italy, where he was stationed as a civilian naval administrator.

A seven-count indictment accuses Ashton of collecting $360,000 in housing assistance he wasn’t entitled to and then lying to authorities and creating false lease agreements after being questioned.

Federal agents arrested Ashton last week in Italy. He has been released from custody and is living with relatives in the Quad-Cities area before the May 5 trial begins.

He declined to comment Monday as he left the courthouse.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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