Feds charge KBR employees in fuel theft scheme in Afghanistan

| Monday, December 17, 2007

Two former employees of defense contractor KBR have been charged with helping Afghan truck drivers steal fuel.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that James Sellman, 31, of Raeford, NC, and Wallace Ward, 25, of Columbus, GA, were charged in a seven-count indictment for their alleged roles in the diversion of more than 80 truckloads of fuel at an airfield in Afghanistan between May and September of 2006.

Sellman and Ward were assigned to oversee fuel deliveries at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. They allegedly accepted bribes from Afghan truck drivers in return for “falsifying government documents,” a news release from the Department of Justice stated.

The fuel had an estimated value of $2.1 million.

The pair was charged on Thursday, Dec. 13 with conspiracy, making a false writing, bribery and making a false claim to the Department of Defense.

Sellman and Ward face a maximum of five years in prison for each count.

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