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Ex-GI charged in Afghan bribe scheme

Aug. 24, 2010 at 7:22 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Army staff sergeant was charged Tuesday with accepting $400,000 in bribes from a government contractor in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a release that a federal grand jury in Virginia indicted Stevan Nathan Ringo, 26, of Marrero, La., with one count of bribery as a public official, one count of theft of government property and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and theft of government property.

Ringo was arrested June 25.

Authorities alleged that between December and February while Ringo was stationed at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province he solicited and accepted about $400,000 in cash in return for submitting fraudulent paperwork permitting a contractor to steal about $1.4 million in fuel from the base.

If convicted, Ringo could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison and stiff fines.

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