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Ex-Army inspector accused of ID theft

NASHVILLE — A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct has been accused of stealing the identities of Army personnel, including a soldier killed in combat, in a scheme to obtain thousands of dollars in bank loans.

The indictment handed down Wednesday alleges Sergeant First Class James Robert Jones, 42, of Woodlawn, Tenn., used his position as an assistant inspector general at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line to obtain personal information on active-duty Army officers, some of whom were deployed to Afghanistan.

Jones is accused of using the personal information — including Social Security numbers and dates of birth — to apply for loans in the officers’ names, the federal indictment said.

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He successfully obtained fraudulent loans from two financial institutions, the indictment said.

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Among those targeted was an enlisted soldier who had been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the indictment said.

In an e-mail to the Associated Press Thursday, Jones said he is not guilty of the charges.

‘‘What I find the most disturbing and shocking about these charges is the allegations that I would use information from deceased soldiers to pull off this so-called scheme,’’ Jones wrote.

‘‘I am embarrassed and saddened for the government that they would stoop to a level of using a fallen soldier’s sacrifice in order to provide a dramatic element to their case.’’

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The indictment did not identify the soldiers allegedly targeted in the scheme, and it mentioned two credit unions allegedly targeted.

Jones failed to make payments on the loans he fraudulently secured, it said.

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