U.S. Army Sergeant Alber Kelly III today pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of fuel from the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
Kelly was stationed at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Afghanistan from 2011 until 2012, assigned to oversee the delivery of fuel into the base. Kelly was in charge of verifying and documenting the total amounts of fuel that were transferred to Salerno.
Instead of accurately performing his duties, from November 2011 through January 2012 Kelly falsified records showing that fuel had been delivered to Salerno. The fuel in question had actually been diverted by Afghan trucking companies and stolen.
Kelly received around $57,000 from Afghan trucking companies for facilitating the fuel thefts. The total amount of fuel stolen through Kelly is estimated to be around 25,000 gallons, or around $100,000 worth.
Kelly is due to be sentenced on May 22. He faces up to 10 years in prison for his crime.
Kelly's crimes are similar to those of U.S. Army Specialist Stephanie Charboneau, who also helped facilitate the theft of fuel from a military base in Afghanistan. Charboneau was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for helping to steal over $1.2 million worth of fuel from Forward Operating Base Fenty. Charboneau took bribes from trucking companies to forge false transportation movement requests for fuel that was stolen.
Charboneau and Kelly are two of five people now to be prosecuted for crimes related to fuel theft during the war in Afghanistan.