Army sergeant sentenced in 2013 Afghan fuel bribery scheme



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COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Georgia say an Army sergeant has been sentenced in a bribery scheme that involved Afghan truckers reselling military fuel on the black market.

Prosecutors say 41-year-old James Edward Norris of Fort Irwin, California, was sentenced Thursday to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $176,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Norris conspired with other soldiers at Forward Operating Base Gardez to solicit and accept $2,000 daily from Afghan truck drivers in early 2013 if the truckers were allowed to take thousands of gallons of fuel from the base. Norris said he was paid roughly $100,000 in the scheme.

Sgt. Seneca Hampton also pleaded guilty in the scheme and faces sentencing July 28.

Norris and Hampton were deployed from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Another soldier was indicted in March.

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