Ex-Army Inspector Accused of Stealing Troops' IDs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct has been charged with stealing the identities of fellow Army personnel, including a soldier who had been killed in combat.

Acting U.S. Attorney David Rivera in Nashville says 42-year-old James Robert Jones of Woodlawn, Tenn., was indicted Wednesday on charges of aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. Jones was an assistant inspector general at Fort Campbell along the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

The indictment alleges Jones used his position to obtain Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information of active-duty Army officers. Some of them were deployed to Afghanistan at the time.

The federal grand jury said Jones obtained fraudulent loans under the victims' names.

Jones said Wednesday night that he would plead not guilty and that "there's a whole lot more to the story than what meets the eye."

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