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Gazette Premium Content Former Navy workers sentenced in fraud scheme

Associated Press Updated: March 28, 2014 at 8:16 am

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Two former Navy workers have been ordered to make restitution for their roles in a false travel-claim scheme that federal prosecutors said involved tens of thousands of dollars.

Richard Stephen Bellock, 43, of Alquippa, Pa., received a prison term of 70 months and three years' probation at his sentencing in federal court Tuesday.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1frh5Z1) U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden also ordered Bellock to help others repay $163,749.25.

Bellock also was indicted on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft involving a travel voucher filed in another person's name and paid to his account. Those charges were dismissed in exchange for his plea.

The judge sentenced Iralen Jewell, 33, of Grand Junction, Colo., to help others repay $10,196.89. The judge fined Jewell $500 and ordered three years of probation.

Court papers show Jewell repaid more than $500 in 2010.

A federal grand jury indicted Bellock, Jewell and two others in June.

Bellock and Jewell had a rank of logistics specialist 1st class when they were stationed at the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.

They were among at least nine servicemen prosecuted in related cases involving illegal payments while they were assigned to NMCB 74 between October 2006 and August 2011.

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