Bragg soldiers in travel fraud scheme
Posted January 19, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — One Fort Bragg soldier has been sentenced and a second has pleaded guilty in connection with a scheme in which they submitted phony travel vouchers to the Army for reimbursement, authorities said Thursday.
Jason M. Jones, 34, of Raeford, was sentenced Thursday to six months in community confinement and ordered to repay the government $65,253. He pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to defraud the government.
Jimmy Negron Jr. 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the same charge. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in April.
Federal authorities have alleged that a group of 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.