A U.S. Army soldier will spend five years in prison for smuggling $1 million in cash from Afghanistan battlefields and using it to fund vacations, plastic surgery and an 18-wheel tractor trailer for herself, a judge ordered.
Tonya Long, 30, of Fayetteville, N.C., was sentenced Monday in smuggling scheme, which prosecutors said she ran during her deployment as a customs inspector in Afghanistan from January 2008 to April 2009, The Associated Press reported.
Long and an unidentified accomplice pocketed the cash in what prosecutors called a double-billing kickback scheme.
The details of the scheme weren't revealed, though prosecutors said Long and the accomplice shipped the cash back to the U.S. using hollowed-out VCRS.
TVNL Comment: Five years for a million dollar smuggling conviction? Try taking that from a bank and see what you get.