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Soldier gets year in fuel thefts

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A U.S. Army soldier was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for his role in fuel thefts at Forward Operating Base Fenty near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, according to a news release Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky.

Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Mythili Raman and U.S. Attorney David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky announced the sentence after it was imposed  by U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell in Paducah.

Court documents state that Sgt. Kevin Bilal Abdullah, 40, of Clarksville, Tenn., was involved in overseeing fuel delivery from FOB Fenty to other military bases in May and June 2010. While there, the news release states, Abdullah made fraudulent transportation movement requests that were used by fuel truck drivers to clear FOB Fenty's departure checkpoint and steal the fuel.

Abdullah and his co-conspirators were paid in cash, according to the release, by a representative of the Afghan trucking company that allegedly stole the fuel.

Abdullah pleaded guilty on Aug. 29, 2013, to receiving those payments in exchange for facilitating the theft of fuel in roughly 25 fuel trucks. 

Abdullah was ordered to pay $466,250 in restitution. His sentencing was the fourth conviction arising from the investigation of fuel thefts at FOB Fenty. 

In connection with the case, former Specialist Stephanie Charboneau pleaded guilty on Sept. 5, 2013, and on Feb. 4 she was sentenced to serve seven years and three months in prison. Weaver, Hightower and Charboneau were prosecuted in Colorado.

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