U.S. Army Sergeant Kevin Bilal Abdullah has been sentenced to one year, one day in prison for his role in fuel thefts at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Fenty in Afghanistan. Abdullah pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery in August 2013 for receiving bribes in exchange for helping to steal fuel during his time in Afghanistan.
Abdullah is one of four convictions that have been obtained that are related to fuel thefts at Fenty. Two civilian contractors, Jonathan Hightower and Christopher Weaver, have been sentenced to two years in prison and three years, one month in prison, respectively for their part in the thefts. Former U.S. Army Specialist Stephanie Charboneau last month was sentenced to seven years, three months in prison for helping to facilitate the theft of around 70 truckloads of fuel worth approximately $1.2 million.
Like Charboneau, Abdullah was in charge of overseeing deliveries of fuel from Fenty to other military bases in Afghanistan. He forged fake transportation movement request documents authorizing transfers of fuel to other locations in the country. Instead of other military bases, the fuel was diverted by an Afghan trucking company and stolen. Abdullah, as with others in on the scheme, was paid in cash by the trucking company for helping to facilitate the thefts.
In all Abdullah was responsible for the theft of around 25 truckloads of fuel from the U.S. Army. In addition to his year in prison, Abdullah has been ordered to pay $466,250 in restitution to the U.S.