James Robert Jones, 43, admitted using other Army officers' personal information, including Social Security numbers and dates-of-birth, to obtain fraudulent loans for his own benefit.
Some of the identities he stole belonged to Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, abusing their trust in one of the worst possible ways. Jones himself was tasked with ferreting out scams and schemes against his brothers and sisters in uniform
At a hearing in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, Jones pleaded guilty to “one count of bank fraud, one count of making a false statement to a bank, one count of making a false statement to federal agents and one count of obstructing justice.”
Former 1st Sgt. Jones further admitted to trying to conceal his scam by casting blame on a deceased Army officer not involved in the fraud.
The investigation into this scheme was conducted by the Secret Service and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command at Fort Campbell. It is not known how authorities were tipped off to Jones' deceptive practices.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 11. Jones faces a maximum of 30 years in prison for at least one of the charges.
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