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Fort Bragg soldier pleads guilty to stealing $422K worth of fuel

Posted October 6, 2014

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— A Fort Bragg soldier pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to stealing more than $422,000 worth of fuel while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

During his deployment, Spc. Alexander Swim, 25, served as a mechanic at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana, where he worked at the fuel point and performed maintenance on military vehicles.

Investigators said Swim and another U.S. soldier, James Edward Travis, who was previously indicted in the case, engaged in a fuel theft scheme. On multiple occasions, Swim was paid to escort a foreign national driver to FOB Sharana to load fuel belonging to the U.S. into the driver's truck. Swim then escorted the driver with the stolen fuel off the site, investigators said.

Agents determined that 182,815 gallons of fuel were stolen. Based on an average price of $2.31 per gallon for JP-8 fuel, the loss from the fuel theft scheme to the government is estimated at $422,302.65.

Swim "betrayed his unit, the U.S. Army and the nation for personal profit," John Strong, special agent in charge of the FBI in North Carolina, said in a statement.

Swim will be sentenced at a later date. The maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,00 fine, restitution and forfeiture in the amount of $15,000.

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  • iopsyc Oct 7, 2014

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    Maybe if you contract to buy millions of gallons they'd give you the price break you're wanting.

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 7, 2014

    Wish I could buy fuel for only $2.31 per gallon.

  • Jim Hinnant Oct 7, 2014
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    He had a chain of supervision and command that was asleep at the switch. They should also be prosecuted.

  • Jim Hinnant Oct 7, 2014
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    Just doing his part to stimulate the local economy.

  • ecp1951 Oct 6, 2014

    is it just me or does it seem that the government will go after a small time thief like this when there are others who bilk the government out of billions and its ho hum. i'm speaking of the solar energy debacles!

  • hollylama Oct 6, 2014

    Now someone investigate how many weapons and equipment "go missing" from Fort Bragg.

  • USMC Vet Oct 6, 2014

    Holy Mackerel, and no one missed that HUGE amount of fuel until NOW?
    He should be charged with treason and should spend many many years in Leavenworth.
    And hey - the military needs to have a better checks and balances system.
    No SPC should have the authority on their own to be responsible for that much of any military property.