A Fort Bragg soldier pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to stealing more than $400,000 worth of fuel while deployed in Afghanistan, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.
Alexander Swim, 25, was based at Forward Operating Base Sharana during a 10-month deployment in 2012. Prosecutors say Swim received payments to escort a foreign national driver to the base’s fuel depot, load fuel into a truck and escort the driver back off the base.
All of the fuel belonged to the United States government, and agents estimate that Swim stole 182,815 gallons, valued at about $422,303.
Swim, an advanced operating base mechanic, schemed with fellow soldier James Edward Travis, according to prosecutors. Travis was sentenced in April to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, forfeiture and an order to pay $422,303 in restitution.
“These actions, especially in a war-time environment, damage the reputation of all soldiers and impede the success of coalition war efforts,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina.
Swim could face up to 10 years in prison, a $250,00 fine, restitution and/or forfeiture in the amount of $15,000.