This isn’t the best look for some of our most elite soldiers.
Former Sergeant First Class William Chamberlain, 46, and four other soldiers, all from the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, plead guilty to conspiring to steal $200,000 in government cash destined to be used to fight terrorism in Afghanistan. Chamberlain now faces up to 15 years in prison.
At first Chamberlain fought the charges even though the others had plead guilty. Chamberlain claimed he needed access to classified information for his defense, which the judge denied on the basis that it wouldn’t be helpful to him.
The group stole the funds between July 2009 and January 2010 while deployed in Afghanistan. The money was to be used to support counter-terrorism as well as buy supplies and provide humanitarian support.
They converted the stolen money to into postal money orders bought from military post offices in Afghanistan, sent cash to relatives in the mail or carried cash back home after their deployment, prosecutors said.