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Army fuel thefts in Iraq are probed

July 19, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A former government contractor was charged with making false statements as military investigators probed the apparent theft of nearly $40 million in fuel from a U.S. Army base in Iraq.

Lee William Dubois of Lexington, S.C., was arrested at Dulles International Airport outside Washington. At an initial appearance in federal court in Alexandria, Dubois was ordered held pending a detention hearing Monday.

In a court affidavit, an Army investigator said Dubois and his conspirators stole 10.5 million gallons of jet and diesel fuel valued at $39.6 million from Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

The fuel was allegedly taken between June 2007 and May 2008 and sold on the black market.

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