Ex-Army Specialist From Stockton Gets Prison For Taking Bribe In Afghanistan

A former U.S. Army specialist from Stockton was sentenced in federal court in San Jose Tuesday to two years and six months in prison for accepting a $20,000 bribe to allow a local truck driver to take 12,000 gallons of fuel from a military base in eastern Afghanistan.

Anthony Don Tran, 28, was formerly stationed at Forward Operating Base Gardez in Afghanistan and worked at the base's fuel depot at the time the fuel was stolen in January 2013.

He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman, who also ordered him to pay restitution of $69,000, the estimated value of the fuel at the time.

Freeman additionally ordered Tran to forfeit the equivalent of the $20,000 bribe by giving up a combination of $11,437 in cash and a vehicle he bought with the bribe proceeds. Read More