Pacific edition, Sunday, June 17, 2007

WASHINGTON — A former Camp Zama civilian employee has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing more than $106,000 of Defense Department money designated for intelligence-related activities, according to a Justice Department news release.

John Taylor also is to undergo three years of supervised release and pay more than $106,500 in restitutions to the government.

He was sentenced June 8, the release stated.

“The Army has systems in place to catch those who would steal,” Maj. James D. Crawford, chief of public affairs for U.S. Army Japan, said in a statement Friday. “Mr. Taylor, a convicted criminal, thought he was smarter than the system. He is now paying the price for his dishonesty.”

Taylor, who worked as an Intelligence Contingency Funds officer for the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade as part of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and embezzlement of government property on March 2.

During his time at Camp Zama, Taylor was responsible for managing classified bank accounts and for supervising agents in classified intelligence gathering activity.

From 2003 until January 2006, he used falsified accounting forms to cover his tracks while withdrawing cash from a government bank account intended for use by intelligence agents.

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