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Midlands soldier gets prison time for stealing $100K from unit during deployment

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NEW BERN, NC (WIS) - A former Army staff sergeant will serve time in prison and pay restitution for stealing $100k from her military unit while deployed in Afghanistan, according to the Eastern District of North Carolina U.S. Attorney's Office.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Nancy Nicole Smith, 27, of Columbia, to spend 20 months in prison and pay $100k in restitution for stealing government money, U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced Thursday.

Smith, who previously pleaded guilty to the charges, was deployed in Afghanistan with the 7th Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from September, 2009 through February 10, 2010 when the theft occurred, Walker said.

On two occasions, Smith falsified documents in order to steal the $100k from funds earmarked for her unit. She then hid the money inside her backpack to get it back into the United States, prosecutors said.

"Nancy Smith stole money intended for urgent projects in a combat zone, betraying her oath and our armed forces," said Special Inspector General John F. Sopko.

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