Omaha Man Sentenced for Use of Government Gas Card
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Terrell Smith, 32, of Omaha, Nebraska., was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 9 months in prison by United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for use of an unauthorized access device. In addition Smith will serve 3 years of supervision upon his release from prison and pay restitution in the amount of $22,882.25.
In October of 2011, the Nebraska Air National Guard detected suspicious usage of a GSA credit card assigned to a vehicle used by a National Guard recruiter for the purchase of gas. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the gas card was being used at gas stations in north Omaha and a few in Council Bluffs to buy large quantities of gas on multiple occasions. After tracking usage of the card, the FBI and a GSA investigator were able to establish that Smith used the card to put gas into his car and into the cars of friends on several occasions between October 24, 2011 and November 19, 2011. Between September 17, 2011 and November 19, 2011, the card was used on nearly a daily basis, accumulating $22,882.25 in gas purchases.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the General Services Administration.