PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — An airman at Kunsan Air Base who pleaded guilty to cheating the government out of housing allowance payments and to other offenses was sentenced Monday to eight months in jail and a bad conduct discharge.

Senior Airman Wayne C. Williams of Kunsan’s 8th Fighter Wing also was sentenced to reduction to E-1, the lowest military pay grade.

Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Dillow, military judge, imposed the sentence after Williams pleaded guilty to cheating the government out of more than $10,000 in housing allowance payments by claiming his family lived in New York City when in fact it was in Oklahoma. Those actions led to charges of larceny and making a false official statement, a wing spokesman said.

A December 2005 Air Force audit of housing allowance claims led to the housing allowance fraud charges.

He also pleaded guilty to stating falsely that he was scheduled to testify in a court-martial and of not reporting to his workplace. That led to charges of failing to go to his proper work place and another count of making a false official statement.

Williams opted to be tried by military judge instead of a jury.

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