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US soldier pleads guilty to taking bribes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A U.S. soldier based at Fort Knox has pleaded guilty to taking $57,000 from an Afghan trucking company as part of a scheme to divert loaded fuel trucks from an American military outpost.

Spc. Albert Kelly III entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville. Kelly admitted to diverting fuel trucks from Forward Operating Base Salerno near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and logging in more fuel than was actually delivered in exchange for cash.

Kelly faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing in May.

Kelly's plea is the latest in a series of convictions stemming from a scheme to get truckloads of fuel out of a base in Afghanistan.

Four people in Colorado and one in Kentucky have pleaded guilty to taking part in the plot.

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