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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WEDNESDAY - October 13, 2010

FORT BRAGG RESTAURANT/BAR MANAGER SENTENCED

FOR THEFT OF PUBLIC MONEY

WILMINGTON United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced KENNARD HAYWOOD ELLISON, JR., to 16 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. He was also ordered to pay full restitution.

A Criminal Information was filed on April 12, 2010. ELLISON subsequently pled guilty on June 7, 2010, to theft of public money, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. ELLISON, 35, was employed as a manager at “Sports USA,” a restaurant and bar located on Fort Bragg and operated by Fort Bragg’s Department of Morale, Welfare and Recreation. According to the investigation, during his employment ELLISON engaged in numerous fraudulent transactions resulting in the theft of nearly $30,000 belonging to the United States Government.

The suspected criminal conduct was initially revealed by the Fort Bragg Installation Management Garrison Command Internal Review, which noted several discrepancies in the financial records of “Sports USA”. The investigation was then turned over to and completed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Special Assistant United States Attorney (Captain) Jeremy D. Cohen represented the government.

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