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Ex-Soldier Sentenced For Defrauding Army

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A former Fort Stewart soldier has been
sentenced to almost six years in prison for defrauding the Army out
of a $100,000 insurance benefit by claiming that his wife had died.

U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield on Tuesdsay upped the
sentence by more than a year above federal guidelines, giving
Ingerberth Baird 70 months behind bars after finding that he lied
on the witness stand and was unrepentant.

The 38-year-old Baird was convicted in January of conspiracy,
making false claims and mail fraud by claiming Nicolette Baird was
killed in a car crash after traveling to her native Trinidad in
Sepember 2002 for a family funeral.

The FBI found Baird living with his wife in Cunupia, Trinidad,
in April 2003. He was extradited to the U.S. last year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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