Jail for Walter Reed scammer
A former government contractor working as an administrative assistant at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center was sentenced to one year and one day in jail Thursday for stealing $165,477 through phony travel reservations, U.S. Attorney for the District Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Ronnita Nicole Dunbar, 29, of Landover Hills, was sentenced for theft of government property by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman, and ordered to repay the money to the Army medical center.
Dunbar pleaded guilty May 4 to misusing her position arranging government travel for doctors and residents at the center's department of surgery from January 2004 until May 2008.
She admitted that between July 2007 and Sept. 2008, she created ficititious travel reservations on the Pentagon's online Defense Travel System, paying out funds to her own account at a local credit union.
Investigators caught on after noticing a large number of open travel reservations at the department after Dunbar left her assignment, according to the charges.
-- Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Editors
| August 26, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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