FORT BRAGG — A former staff sergeant based at Fort Bragg was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in prison for stealing money that was sent to her unit while it was stationed in Afghanistan.
Nancy Nicole Smith, 27, of Columbia, S.C., pleaded guilty to stealing government money and smuggling it back to the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Smith was ordered to pay back the $100,000 investigators said she stole, and will serve three years of supervised release.
The government said Smith was a disbursing agent in the personnel service battalion attached to the 7th Special Forces Group at Bragg. She deployed to Afghanistan from September 2009 to February 2010 and, while there, falsified documents in order to steal $100,000 earmarked for “urgent projects” for her unit., which was serving in a combat zone. She brought the money back to the U.S. in her backpack, investigators said.
The case was investigated by the Department of Defence, the FBI, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Unit and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.