Former soldier convicted of stealing pay, lying

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A former soldier has been convicted of stealing $100,000 in pay and lying to federal agents.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte said that 60-year-old Dyrrle Gene Osborne of Charlotte was found guilty on Tuesday.

A statement from federal officials said Osborne, a former master sergeant, was paid after he was no longer on active duty. Instead of returning the money, authorities say he spent it and then made false statements about it to the FBI and to the Army.

Osborne faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for stealing the money and five years each for three counts of making false statements.

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