Friday, November 6, 2015

Ex-Fort Bragg Officer Took More Than Money--He Took Trust

Ex-Bragg officer guilty of taking contractor bribes in Afghanistan
By Drew Brooks Military editor
November 5, 2015

A former Fort Bragg officer has pleaded guilty to accepting money from a contractor in Afghanistan.

Capt. David Anthony Kline, 32, lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker. Kline was back in North Carolina on Thursday, pleading guilty to solicitation and receipt of a gratuity and aiding and abetting the same in a Raleigh federal courthouse.

Following the plea, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, said the crime undermined the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

"Not only did Capt. Kline seek to defraud American taxpayers and abuse his position of authority as an officer, but he also put his fellow soldiers in harm's way by stealing vital resources that are needed for legitimate operations," Sopko said.

The charges against Kline are connected to a 2008-2009 deployment in which Kline served with Fort Bragg's 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, part of the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade.

From January 2008 to April 2009, then-1st Lt. Kline served on Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, as officer-in-charge of a movement control team, according to the criminal information filed earlier this year.

In that position, he oversaw the movement of fuel and equipment, including food, within Afghanistan.
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