Soldier Jailed – ‘Smuggled’ Iraqi Dinars

A U.S. Army officer who approved supplies contracts in Iraq was sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison for lying about contents of a package he sent to the United States containing more than $100,000, according to a report from Associated Press.

Maj. Charles E. Sublett pleaded guilty in July to sending almost $108,000 in sequentially numbered $100 bills and more than 17 million Iraqi dinar, then worth about $11,600, from Iraq to his wife in Killeen, Texas. Customs officials in Memphis intercepted the FedEx package in January 2005.

In return for his guilty plea, the government agreed to dismiss a bulk cash smuggling charge. He was never charged with stealing the money.

The sentence was within the sentencing guidelines of 18 months to two years, so he cannot appeal under his plea agreement.

Sublett apologized to federal Judge Samuel H. Mays.

“I lied about the FedEx package,” said Sublett, 47. “I accept responsibility for what I have done.”

When he pleaded guilty, Sublett acknowledged he failed to file a Currency or Money Instruments Transaction Report disclosing the money was in the package, which U.S. customs law requires when sending more than $10,000 into or out of the country.

Instead, he listed the contents on the Federal Express package invoice as books, papers, a jewelry box and clothes valued at $140.

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