By The Leaf-Chronicle
CLARKSVILLE, TENN. - A former assistant inspector
general at Fort Campbell has been charged with using stolen soldier
identities to get fraudulent bank loans.
Robert Jones, 42, of Woodlawn was indicted by a federal grand jury
Wednesday, announced David Rivera, acting United States attorney for the
Middle District of Tennessee, in a news release.
indictment charges Jones with aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and
making a false statement to a financial institution. He is further
accused of trying to pin blame for the scheme on a deceased Army
office continues to place a high priority on identity theft crimes,"
Rivera said in the release. "This defendant abused a position of trust
and used his position to specifically target those who serve our
country, including certain officers who were deployed overseas when he
stole their identities. We will seek to hold him accountable for these
crimes and for his unlawful attempts to cover them up."
who was with the U.S. Army Office of Inspector General, obtained
personal information, including Social Security numbers and dates of
birth, of active duty U.S. Army officers, including officers who were
deployed to Afghanistan and one soldier who'd been killed in combat, the
then applied for loans in the officers' names and successfully obtained
fraudulent loans from two financial institutions, the indictment says.
confronted by investigators, Jones tried to conceal his role by falsely
accusing a deceased Army officer of planning the scheme, according to
the news release.
indictment further alleges Jones asked a colleague to delete
information on his work computer to impede the ongoing investigation.
Secret Service remains committed to fighting this type of financial
fraud by pursuing individuals who obtain fraudulent loans using stolen
identities, especially when the identities belong to members of our
armed services," Todd Hudson, special agent in charge of the Secret
Service-Nashville Field Office, said in the release. "The indictment
announced today illustrates how the combined efforts of the Secret
Service and our military law enforcement partners help to protect our
financial institutions from fraud."
said Wednesday night that he would plead not guilty and that "there's a
whole lot more to the story than what meets the eye."
convicted, Jones faces up to 30 years in prison for the counts of bank
fraud and making a false statement to a bank, as well as an additional
two years for each count of aggravated identity theft. Jones also faces
up to 20 years in prison for trying to destroy records and five years
for making false statements to investigators.
case was investigated by the Secret Service and Army Criminal
Investigations Command. The United States is represented by Assistant
U.S. Attorney William F. Abely.
indictment is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The
defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court