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Fort Bragg soldier pleads to stealing fuel

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – A Fort Bragg soldier will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to stealing more than a million gallons of fuel from an American base in Afghanistan.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that 32-year-old Sgt. Christopher Ciampa of Lillington pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery and conspiracy to defraud the government.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Ciampa conspired with at least four others to have the fuel from Camp Brown at Kandahar Airfield sold on the black market.

Authorities say the thefts occurred between February 2011 and January 2012 and involved 114 large-fuel tanker trucks, which can each carry about 10,000 gallons of fuel.

They say the fraud cost the government more than $10 million.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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