Here is a link to the press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina on the sentencing of a US Army Staff Sergeant for theft of $100,000 in unit funds from the 7th Special Forces Group while assigned to the unit in Afghanistan as a disbursing agent.  This continues the trend of military members convicted of theft/procurement offenses being taken to US District Court rather than court-martial, see prior discussion here and here. Though in this case it is hard to tell if the offenses were discovered before the Sergeant left active duty.

4 Responses to “Former Army Staff Sergeant Sentenced in US District Court for Theft of Unit Funds”

  1. Charlie Gittins says:

    She is a former Staff Sergeant, according to the Press Release.  Perhaps she was discharged before they figured out she had committed the crime and federal court was the only avenue in which to pursue criminal charges.  I could have done without all the waving the flag and claims of lack of integrity etc., lost money to the Afghan projects, etc.,  as a result of her theft of a mere $100,000.  The Karzai family has stolen millions, if not billions, of reconstruction funds meant for their people and he gets treated like royalty here in the US.  If we really wanted to make a dent in real corruption, we would actually look into the people and places where it is really going on — withing the Afghan Government.  On my trip to Kabul, I had to pay a $200 cash bribe to the customs police to get back my passport so I could leave the country.   The place is not worth $200 let alone $200 billion or more that we have piad, to say nothing of the lives lost.  

  2. Bill C says:

    I had a client at Bragg charged with the exact same thing. Active duty E-6.  To my surprise (and to his detriment) the U.S. Attorney’s office prosecuted, after the Army agreed to release jurisdiction.  He was tried, plead and sentenced before you could say “Wiki sssh” or “shave that beard.” 

  3. Cap'n crunch says:

    Most folks don’t know this…. But theft and fraud charges in most usao offices has a 100,000 threshold to pyrsue prosecution (though the us attorney himself or herself can always pursue lower $$ cases if they choose and the facts justify it).  She should have taken about 20,000 less…

  4. Stackhouse says:

    I’ve represented a few active duty servicemembers in EDNC and DC who were jammed up by the USAO or DOJ main for Afghanistan and Iraq contracting, larceny, and such. It’s a tougher jurisdiction to be prosecuted in — for sure.