Soldier in Ashkenazi theft case sentenced to 10 years

Lawyer says will consider appealing sentence; was convicted of dealing weapons, robbery, stealing chief of general staff's credit card info.

December 12, 2010 15:52
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Soldier Depressed 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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The Jaffa military court on Sunday sentenced soldier Louis Maskota to ten years in prison for the theft of a sidearm and credit card information from IDF Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's office.

Additionally, he was convicted of two other counts of stealing weapons, among them, one case that included assaulting a soldier.

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Soldier suspected of stealing IDF arms
Gabi Ashkenazi is officer whose credit card number was stolen

Maskota was also demoted as part of his sentence. His lawyer said that he will consider appealing the sentence.

Maskota was also convicted of dealing weapons, removing a weapon from military service, and robbery under extreme circumstances.

The soldier was a guard at Ashkenazi's office, where he stole three weapons and copied the credit card information. Maskota then passed the credit card information on to criminal elements to use the card for fraudulent purposes.

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