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Bragg soldier accused in travel voucher embezzlement scheme

Posted August 8, 2011

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— Federal authorities have accused a Fort Bragg soldier of masterminding a scheme to file phony travel vouchers to embezzle almost $750,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a criminal information against Richard T. Kelley II, who reviews and approves Defense Travel System vouchers at Fort Bragg to reimburse soldiers for travel expenses.

A criminal information often signals that a plea agreement has been reached before a case has been presented to a grand jury.

The information charges Kelley with criminal conspiracy and embezzlement, alleging that he and other soldiers filed fraudulent or inflated vouchers between January 2009 and April 2010. Eighteen fake vouchers cost the U.S. $737,925, according to court documents.

Prosecutors plan to seize nine vehicles, land in Lillington and $648,776 in cash from Kelley to settle claims against him, court records state.

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  • nutso15 Aug 9, 2011

    Fact: According to the sources, they seized FIVE vehicles, not nine. They recovered no money, that statement is false. Don't believe everything you hear, unless you hear it from someone who actually knows what's going on. He's the only one so far being charged, but all the others are still under investigation. Again, to WRAL (and all the other media outlets in NC), if you're going to report a story - get it right. Don't report half of a story and then take half of that and report it incorrectly.

  • OneLove Aug 9, 2011

    Nutso15:they should report the FACT that over 20 soldiers are involved, several in higher positions than this one.

    Yeah, but they're recovering $640,000, nine cars, and land from ONE.

  • fayncmike Aug 8, 2011

    "Hope he has fun at Leavenworth. Military jails= what jails OUGHT to be.
    jollyrogered"

    "A criminal information often signals that a plea agreement has been reached before a case has been presented to a grand jury."

    The case has been pleaded out. Likely there will be no stockade time. Restitution and BCDs all around will be the order of the day.

  • nutso15 Aug 8, 2011

    Maybe WRAL should get ALL of the facts before posting a story. For example, before reporting that ONE soldier is involved, they should report the FACT that over 20 soldiers are involved, several in higher positions than this one. To the first commentor, before you speak and say he isn't a soldier, get your facts straight. That soldier has seen two tours in Iraq, helped in LA after Katrina, and deployed with his unit to Haiti after the devastation there. For everyone, the soldier made a bad choice, yes. It sounds as if he is the only one of the several taking responsibility for his actions and accepting his consequences. Oh, and people in glass houses. Everyone has screwed up, some just make bigger ones than others. To WRAL, if you're going to print a story, print the whole thing.

  • jollyrogered Aug 8, 2011

    Hope he has fun at Leavenworth. Military jails= what jails OUGHT to be.

  • u stand corrected Aug 8, 2011

    This has got to stop. Where are the checks and balances?

  • grimreaper Aug 8, 2011

    ok now...that was about $41,000 per claim...proof the government has ZERO accountability spending your money. No red flags there? Just payments? How many of these go totally unnoticed?

  • sap0953 Aug 8, 2011

    Very disappointing. I am so tired of reading news stories about people being dishonest.

  • YNCSW51 Aug 8, 2011

    Fraud waste and abuse. Make him pay back every dime.

  • rosie brought da funk Aug 8, 2011

    Semper Fi or something like that

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