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Army sgt. admits taking bribes

Tom Jackman

An Army staff sergeant admitted Friday in federal court in Alexandria that he accepted $400,000 in bribes while stationed at a fuel distribution outpost in Afghanistan, which allowed $1.5 million in fuel to be stolen in a three-month period.

Stevan Nathan Ringo, 26, of Marrero, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to one count of bribery.

According to court documents, Ringo was stationed at a U.S. Army base, called Forward Operating Base Shank, in the Logar Province of eastern Afghanistan. The Army stores large quantities of fuel at Shank and redistributes that fuel to bases in the surrounding area through government contractors, federal prosecutors said. Ringo’s responsibilities included overseeing the redistribution process.

In his guilty plea, Ringo admitted that between December of last year and February, he accepted more than $400,000 in cash payments from a government contractor in exchange for creating and submitting fraudulent paperwork permitting that contractor to steal fuel from Shank. Prosecutors said the total value of the fuel stolen in the course of the scheme was nearly $1.5 million. Ringo faces up to 15 years in prison.
-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  | September 24, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
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