Fort Bragg Soldier Tonya Long Smuggled $1 Million From Afghanistan, Got Plastic Surgery And 18-Wheeler

ICE agentBy Paul Szoldra

A former Army Staff Sgt. at Fort Bragg was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for smuggling over $1 million out of Afghanistan, according to a report from the Fayetteville Observer.

Along with an unnamed co-conspirator serving in Afghanistan from January 2008 to April 2009, Sgt. Tonya Long, a customs inspector, took the money in a double-billing kickback scheme. In the course of inspecting personal property being loaded for shipment back to the United States, her co-conspirator would collect the money, and Long would place it in VCRs stripped of their components.

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Authorities are not clear where the money was from or whether they were stealing from their fellow soldiers, the Daily Mail reports.

"Tonya Long betrayed her team and while other soldiers were fighting for our country, she was stealing money intended to support the mission," Thomas G. Walker, the U.S. Attorney handling the case, said in a news release. "Her conduct undermined her fellow soldiers and our nation's reputation." Upon return to the United States, the money was hidden in a safe in an apartment the thieves shared.

According to the Daily Mail, Long -- also known as Tonya Long Keebaugh -- spent nearly $500,000 on gifts for her family, which included an 18-wheeled tractor-trailer, a car, a vacation and plastic surgery. Court records suggest that someone else is facing charges, but those records are sealed.


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As SalamuAlaikum

Tonya Long is a little theif, what about the Big Thiefs that stole so much from Iraq, Libya, Syria, Africa and Afghanistan???

March 10 2013 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vera

One should never steal but the financial life of most veterns in America is sad.
I think any vet whould be tempted. She's caught and may go to jail, but I hope she has a nice nest egg to come home to.

March 08 2013 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuck

what a shame, from HERO to theif.

March 08 2013 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Earl

working on her resume I see for the present administration...." you didn`t steal that money....someone else did it for you"...there ya go....that`s the defense LOLOL

March 08 2013 at 7:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary

Her Problem is She IS NOT IN WASHINGTON !!!!!!!!!!!! THEY CHEAT LIE STEAL From the TAXPAYERS ALL THE TIME and Then have the BALLS to TELL the People THEY NEED A RAISE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 08 2013 at 6:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
oldman222

no worse than those in our government bengazi 4 were murdered she just stole money she gets prison those in charge get nothing

March 08 2013 at 5:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tlkcz03709

No wonder she got busted!! Anyone using a VCR for any reason is going to be suspect if they're shipping them thru customs. VCRs are obsolete, so they would be suspicious. What a ding bat!

March 08 2013 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
envoyltd

Only one million??? We have billions missing and you found only one million.

March 07 2013 at 11:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Deirdre Masten

Bush stole more!

March 07 2013 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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proceedpermit

Chavez was a Saint. hahahahaha

March 07 2013 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
envoyltd

There you go someone esle knows what real happened to the billions also that went missing.

March 07 2013 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rycoinstall

Halliburton stole more than that.

March 07 2013 at 6:27 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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