published Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Ex-Army inspector accused of stealing troops’ IDs

NASHVILLE — 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 claims 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.

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