US Army sergeant used dead GI’s identity in bank loan scam, feds allege
James Robert Jones was charged with using his position as an assistant inspector general at Fort Campbell, Ky., to acquire the personal information of active-duty U.S Army officers and apply for loans under their names.
By Daniel Beekman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The U.S. Army base inspector who investigated misconduct stole the identities of other officers — including a soldier killed in combat — in a scheme to obtain phony bank loans, his indictment says.
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Fort Campbell, Ky., is where U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James Robert Jones allegedly stole the identities of soldiers in order to apply for loans, authorities contend.
Jones, whose rank is sergeant first class, was charged Wednesday with using his position as an assistant inspector general at Fort Campbell, Ky., to acquire the personal information of active-duty Army officers, including some soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.
The 42-year-old from Tennessee applied for loans under the officers’ names, the federal indictment said.
Federal prosecutor David Rivera says Sgt. 1st Class James Robert Jones stole the identities of Army officers, some of whom were in Afghanistan and one of whom was killed there, to fraudulently obtain bank loans.
Jones said he’d plead not guilty.
“There’s a lot more to the story than what meets the eye,” the accused bottom feeder told The Associated Press in a phone interview Wednesday night.
Soldiers wait to board a plane to Afghanistan during a deployment at the Fort Campbell, Ky. While they put themselves in harm’s way, Sgt. 1st Class James Robert Jones allegedly stole some of their identities to get phony bank loans, according to prosecutors.
The alleged scam took place from February to May.
“This defendant abused a position of trust and used his position to specifically target those who serve our country,” federal prosecutor David Rivera said.
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A U.S. Army soldier killed in combat was allegedly victimized by a base inspector who, ironically, was supposed to probe misconduct. James Robert Jones purportedly swiped the identities of the dead soldier and others in order to fraudulently acquire bank loans, according to prosecutors.
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