An American soldier is charged with taking part in an alleged scheme to divert fuel trucks from a military base in Afghanistan to a local company, a plan court documents say cost the U.S. about $2.2 million in fuel over 18 months.
A bill of information unsealed Monday says Staff Sgt. Bilal Kevin Abdullah, 40, a member of the 426th Brigade Support Battalion based at Fort Campbell, Ky., took money from an Afghan trucking company to divert loaded fuel trucks from an American military outpost.
Abdullah's charges are related to an ongoing case against two former soldiers and a civilian contractor in Colorado. Abdullah and the Colorado defendants were all charged with taking part in a scheme to order more fuel from military outposts in eastern Afghanistan, allegedly diverting the loads to an unnamed trucking company in exchange for money.