Army sergeant sentenced in 2013 Afghan fuel bribery scheme

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Hearing delayed for judge accused of misconduct
Hearing delayed for judge accused of misconduct
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.

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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.