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Former Fort Bragg soldier gets prison time for filing false travel reimbursements

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A former Fort Bragg soldier was sentenced in a conspiracy to defraud the government by filing false claims for travel reimbursement.

Natosha June Boyd, 26, was sentenced Wednesday to 2½ years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. She was ordered to pay $480,811 restitution.

Boyd is the seventh former Fort Bragg soldier sentenced in the conspiracy, officials said, which involved filing false and inflated reimbursement claims.

Boyd pleaded guilty Oct. 24 to conspiring to defraud the government by obtaining payment through false, fictitious and fraudulent claims.

According to court documents, she and her co-conspirators submitted the false claims through the Department of Defense's Travel System from January 2009 until April 2010. Records show 18 fraudulent transactions. The soldiers collected $737,925 and split it among themselves.

Boyd's former husband, Richard T. Kelley II, was the ringleader of the scheme who approved travel vouchers for an unnamed unit at Fort Bragg, according to prosecutors.

Kelley was sentenced in October to four years in prison and ordered to pay $799,371 in restitution.

When Kelley was charged in August 2011, authorities seized nine vehicles, a home and nearly $650,000 to recoup the losses.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI, officials said. It's unclear whether Boyd was the final defendant to be sentenced or other cases are pending.

brooksd@fayobserver.com
 

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