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A soldier who bilked an on-post bank out of several thousand dollars through a series of bogus ATM transactions was sentenced Sept. 17 at Camp Humphreys to jail and a discharge.

Pvt. James L. Bolton of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, Camp Humphreys, was sentenced to reduction to the military’s lowest pay grade, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, a bad-conduct discharge, and 180 days in jail.

But because Bolton had already spent 121 days in pretrial confinement, he will only have to spend another 59 days in jail, said Maj. Jerome Pionk, an 8th U.S. Army spokesman in Seoul.

Military judge Lt. Col. Thomas Kulish passed sentence after Bolton pleaded guilty to larceny, attempting to use false information, conspiracy to use false information, and solicitation.

Bolton opted to be tried by judge instead of a jury.

Bolton cheated the bank of about $3,000 through the series of transactions in April and has since repaid most of the money, according to military officials.

To carry out the scheme, Bolton would indicate on the ATM keypad that he was depositing cash; in fact, he was depositing empty envelopes. The ATM would credit his account in the amount of the fake deposits. Then, he would withdraw the same amount of cash he’d claimed to have deposited.

Later, Bolton tried the same thing using another soldier’s PIN, but the attempt failed. Bank officials notified Army authorities, who apprehended Bolton.

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