Ex-Army Inspector Accused Of Stealing Troops' IDs In Loan Scam

As every police scandal everywhere shows, sometimes the upholders of law and decency can be the worst offenders.

The latest culprit may be James Robert Jones, 42, a former assistant inspector general at Fort Campbell, Ky., who was tasked with investigating misconduct. According to a federal indictment, Jones used his position to steal the identities of active duty soldiers -- including one who was killed in combat -- in order to obtain thousands of dollars of fraudulent bank loans, reports The Associated Press.

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The indictment, handed down Wednesday, claims Jones, whose rank is sergeant first class, used the personal information of army officers, some of whom were deployed in Afghanistan, and one who was killed there, to successfully secure loans from two credit unions. He allegedly used their Social Security numbers and birth dates, and then made email accounts in their names.

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Jones called the allegations "manufactured" and said that he would plead not guilty. "There's a whole lot more to the story than what meets the eye," he told The Associated Press.

The indictment claims that between February and May of last year Jones applied for a $12,000 loan from Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union, withdrew unspecified cash amounts and purchased a cashier's check from the loan, and failed to make the payments.

Jones has been charged with aggravated identity theft, bank fraud, making a false statement to a financial institution, obstructing justice, and making false statements to investigators. The indictment states that when Jones was approached by investigators, he blamed the deceased officer for orchestrating the scheme, and also asked a colleague to delete evidence from his work computer.

"This defendant abused a position of trust," said federal prosecutor David Rivera in announcing the indictment, "and used his position to specifically target those who serve our country."

U.S. troops are one of the more vulnerable groups of Americans when it comes to impersonation and identity theft. They must regularly disclose their Social Security numbers, according to a 2010 report from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and that risk is compounded by long deployments, where soldiers may not recognize damage to their bank accounts or credit ratings for months.

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Claire Gordon

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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.

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FCI Fincl Serv

Back in 1970, I was at Fort Campbell for my Army Reserve basic training. Our traing company First Seargeant was court martialed for collecting money from us for a "barracks cleaning fund"! He took the money and bought money orders at the PX, which he sent to his wife's "charity", Mother Mary's Orphanage! During a routine audit of the PX, one of the auditors foung the carbon paper from the money orders and got curious. The members from my basic traing company who testified at the Sergeant's court marshall, were held over for the trial and they did KP for 6 months waiting to testify! Fond memories of Fort Campbell!

July 15 2013 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hiram517

I`ll will gut his guts out. Honor the fallen and Honor those who survived and those who return to their families. , Viet-nam era

July 15 2013 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hiram517

As Viet-nam vet, I`ll personally like to gut this gut out.

July 15 2013 at 6:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sam54ct

Serving six years, 72-78, and having my neighbors son killed in Iraq in 2004, the thought that this clown might have used his ID to gain money makes me want to puke.

July 15 2013 at 3:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
findrobin

Type your comment hereTo bad but the fact is thqat about 85% of the persons who join the mil;itary are low life scum bags who only join for the paycheck because they can't do nothing else in life. Sorry if the truth hurts...

July 15 2013 at 3:13 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Hi Sandra

get thrown out did you? You are a dispicable person and a hateful a**h***, hope you rot behin bars!

July 15 2013 at 3:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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hedunlap

He didn't get thrown out, they wouldn't ake him. Even with DADT, they could tell.

July 15 2013 at 10:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
hedunlap

It's better than working the street like your mother does.

July 15 2013 at 10:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
chasinglight2

What a pos! Leavenworth is too good for you!

July 14 2013 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brennemanbelkin

Next stop, Levenworth.

July 14 2013 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zygi & paris

Now, that's sinking to an all time low. He is a creep.

July 14 2013 at 12:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Michele

I don't know what to say to this one. I know the dead tells no tales, but to honor your fellow soldier like this? Fallen comrade, trampling all over him in that manner is offensive. This man's greed and low down character, show no shame in his game. Court martial his derriere, put him on trial, convict him, send him to the dungeons.

July 13 2013 at 10:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Carolyn

Are they still using the SSN for identification? That started when my husband was in the Air Force - and is the worse thing they could have done - they need to assign regular numbers like they used to do.

July 13 2013 at 10:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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