Jan 7, 2011 9:31 PM by Alison Haynes
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A former U.S. Army staff sergeant has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a fuel theft scheme to solicit bribes from a government contractor in Afghanistan.
Twenty-six-year-old Stevan Nathan Ringo of Marrero, La., was also ordered at sentencing on Friday to forfeit the proceeds of the scheme, more than $400,000.
Ringo pleaded guilty in September to bribery.
According to court documents, Ringo was stationed in Afghanistan when he accepted cash from a government contractor in exchange for creating and submitting fraudulent paperwork permitting that contractor to steal fuel.
Prosecutors say the paperwork allowed the contractor to steal $1.4 million worth of fuel.