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Ex-Army inspector accused of stealing troops’ IDs says charges are false

Ex-Army inspector accused of stealing troops’ IDs says charges are false

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. Jones said the allegations are ridiculous and “manufactured.”

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.

In an email to The Associated Press on Thursday, Jones says he’s not guilty of the charges and that he served with integrity.

The indictment says Jones used the identifications of soldiers to apply for a $12,000 loan from Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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