Helicopter pilot sentenced for stealing military equipment
RALEIGH, N.C. — A former Fort Bragg helicopter pilot was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing $1.3 million in military equipment.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that 41-year-old Kurt Allen Bennett was sentenced Friday in Raleigh after being convicted of stealing equipment in Iraq.
Authorities said he stole the equipment in 2008 and 2009 and hid it in shipping containers to recover it back in the United States. Bennett was a chief warrant officer and an Apache helicopter pilot.
Investigators said he did the same thing during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011 with another soldier.
Bennett pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to steal and convert government property and theft and conversion of government property.
Read more: The Fayetteville Observer