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Former Fort Hood Sergeant sentenced to prison for stealing over $120,000

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A former U.S. Army Sergeant was sentenced to federal prison for stealing over $120,000 through processing fraudulent travel vouchers.

Justin Watson was sentenced to 16 months after admitting to stealing money from the government on Wednesday.

Watson, 34-years-old, was formerly stationed at Fort Hood.

In addition to the prison sentence, Watson has to pay $121,797.96 restitution and be placed on supervised release for three years after his sentence.

On December 17, 2015, Watson pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property.

According to court records, Watson was assigned as the Authorizing Official for the Defense Travel System (DTS). As such, he had the authority to review, authorize, and approve expenditures of U.S. Government funds for official travel.

Watson admitted that between November 2011 and April 2012, he engaged in a scheme to defraud the United States Army by creating and approving fraudulent vouchers in the DTS which resulted in payments to his bank account that he later converted to his own use.

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