US Man Jailed for Iraq Generator Theft

By John Lee.

A US man who helped steal two 10-ton electrical generators from a military base in Iraq in four years ago has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $352,111 in restitution.

Ruebin S. Thomas, a former civilian contractor, had pleaded guilty to stealing the two generators from the Camp Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, but received a stiffer term than the two years called for at the top of the sentencing guidelines sought by prosecutors.

“It seems to me that a message needs to be sent,” said U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne in imposing the sentence.

Thomas, who worked for Honeywell Technologies, stole two generators valued at $176,000 each in June 2009. An unidentified businessman paid Thomas $10,000 in cash, which he split with another unidentified person, said his lawyer.

(Source: Richmond Times)

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