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Bragg soldiers charged with embezzling $1.2 million

Posted March 27, 2011

— Two Fort Bragg soldiers were charged with embezzling more than $1.2 million while deployed to Afghanistan, federal officials said Sunday.

Sgt. Edwin Vando and Sgt. Juan Rivera worked in a U.S. Army finance office in Kabul, officials said. They were in charge of paying a contractor for uniforms and equipment for the Afghan military and police force, according to court documents.

Investigators said they kept the money for themselves.

Both men were charged with embezzlement Thursday.

Agents recovered most of the money and seized eight silk Persian rugs from the two men, court documents state.


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  • crash2478 Mar 30, 2011

    Future politicians

  • rjernigan6 Mar 29, 2011

    ibeeteri28326 your son did not get denied for an Algebra problem. That is simply not true. If he meets the physical and mental qualifications but he probably did not score high enough on the ASVAB. Sorry like it or not but he has to have the G2 to serve. Each branch has its own standards so if he failed to meet one then try another. I know in the Corps we require a higher GT for certain jobs and a higher QT than the Army.

  • Viewer Mar 29, 2011

    "It's not like the old days when people joined more out of a patriotic duty...nowadays young folks join because there are no jobs....ibeeteri28326.."

    In the old days many of us were drafted and not paid a living wage.

  • superman Mar 28, 2011

    Getting the money and the rugs is not any worse than paying for the equipment and the uniforms for the Afghans. The military official who approved that should also be arrested and sent to prison with the two of them. Give them one of the rugs for their prison palace.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Mar 28, 2011

    Vietnam Vet - now it's an army of one.

    These guys will be locked up for a long time, and military prisons are not about rehabilitation.

  • wildcat Mar 28, 2011

    What a disgrace these men were to all service men and women. They should have been charged and I pray they will be sent to prison.

  • heels21 Mar 28, 2011

    I am glad they did it. Let them buy their own equipment.

  • katzpauz Mar 28, 2011

    they were saving their tax dollars that our government was wasting on foreign aid....

  • lorawatson Mar 28, 2011

    okay, heres my question. Why are we (USA) buying uniforms and equipment for the Afghan military?

  • Vietnam Vet Mar 28, 2011

    Gives new meaning to "Be all you can be" don'tcha think?