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Former Bragg soldier imprisoned for stealing Army funds

Posted January 10, 2013

— A former Fort Bragg soldier was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in federal prison for stealing $100,000 earmarked for her unit in Afghanistan, authorities said.

Nancy Nicole Smith, 27, of Columbia, S.C., also was ordered to repay the money. She pleaded guilty earlier to theft of government money and bulk cash smuggling.

Smith was a staff sergeant assigned to a personnel battalion attached to the 7th Special Forces Group that was deployed to Afghanistan from September 2009 through February 2010. Authorities said she was responsible for disbursing money and reconciling books and that she falsified records on at least two occasions to steal money.

She then hid the money in a backpack to smuggle it back to the U.S., authorities said.

"Nancy Smith stole money intended for urgent projects in a combat zone, betraying her oath and our armed forces," Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko said in a statement.

"Stealing money during a time of war that is intended for such an important cause is reprehensible, and we will continue to do everything in our investigative power to bring those responsible to justice," Frank Robey, director of the Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit, said in a statement.

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  • kevinpgoddard Jan 11, 8:34 a.m.

    Love how the president had to be thrown in on news about theft....

  • WageSlave Jan 11, 8:25 a.m.

    Was she given cash to disperse? If so, why is the government dealing in stricly cash at that level? If not, how did she end up with so much cash from the government? I can't even use cash as a down payment for a house without getting checked and screened...

  • SFSOLDIER Jan 11, 8:19 a.m.

    No values, no morals, no integrity, no leadership! That is the norm in our society from the President down! Lie, cheat and steal.... Today, America as a society, is no better than most third world countries...

  • pappy1 Jan 10, 7:17 p.m.

    This is an example of today's military. Leaders don't lead - they allow contractors and subordinates to run roughshod. While this piece of trash did the theft - she was only able to do so because her 'superiors' were too busy making nice with the locals to do their job as stated in their commissions and Oaths of Office.

  • dsdaughtry Jan 10, 5:59 p.m.

    he? someone needs to re-read the article... or perhaps take a basic biology class to determine gender.

  • mautry Jan 10, 5:59 p.m.

    I THOUGHT IS WAS A MILLION DOLLARS OR WAS THAT ANOTHER CASE.
    IF NOT I'LL TAKE 20 MONTHS AND 900 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

  • mpnkosovo Jan 10, 4:02 p.m.

    good questions.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 10, 3:50 p.m.

    He is a disgrace to all armed forces. He got what he deserved.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Jan 10, 3:25 p.m.

    Criminals everywhere. Really, I am not surprised. Who was watching her? Who was auditing her?!