Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Army Captain From Oregon Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Nearly $700K In Iraq Relief Cash

Capt. Michael Dung Nguyen, 28, of Beaverton, Oregon, pleaded guilty Monday to theft and money-laundering charges related to the theft of some $690,000 in cash intended for relief and reconstruction in Iraq. Nguyen was the U.S. Army battalion civil affairs officer in Muqdadiyah, Iraq and had been entrusted with cash designated for local commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan for urgent humanitarian relief and reconstruction. He was indicted last March on charges of theft of government property, structuring financial transactions and money laundering. The thefts occurred between April 2007 and February 2009, according to the indictment. He spend some of the money on luxury vehicles, among other personal items. Nguyen is a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and was assigned to the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

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