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Army soldier who refused Iraq redeployment charged with larceny

[JURIST] Sgt. Kevin Benderman [defense website], a US Army soldier from Georgia who faces charges because he refused orders to redeploy to Iraq [JURIST report] in January, will also be court-martialed for accepting $2,922 in bonuses and tax breaks typically reserved for soldiers serving in combat. An Army investigator urged that the larceny charges be dropped after he discovered that the increased pay was due to an accounting mistake. Nonetheless, charges were filed and Benderman's potential penalty rises from seven years to 17 with the additional allegations. Benderman's attorney says the charges are an "outrage". Benderman has said he became morally opposed to the war after his first tour of duty in Iraq. A trial date has not yet been set. AP has more.

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