Former Army Officer Cops To Afghan Contracts Fraud

Law360, New York (August 9, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT) -- A former high-ranking U.S. Army sergeant on Thursday admitted to secretly stealing funds meant for U.S. government contracts in Afghanistan, pleading guilty in North Carolina federal court to his role in a scheme that defrauded the government of $200,000.

Mauricio Espinoza, 34, a former sergeant of a special forces unit, admitted to falsifying invoices in order to steal federal funds that government officials thought were for Afghan vendors, according to court documents. He and his co-defendant, Philip Wooten, who has already pleaded guilty to similar charges,...
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