Two Fort Bragg soldiers, working along with an Afghan interpreter, embezzled more than $1.2 million while deployed in 2009, according to court documents filed Thursday.
Edwin Vando and Juan Lamboy Rivera were each charged in a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court.
The document, sometimes used in lieu of a grand jury indictment, alleges that the men took $1,297,959.31 in vendor payments that were owed to Abdul Wasi Faquiri Co. Ltd.
According to court documents, Vando and Rivera were sergeants with the 82nd Finance Battalion who were deployed to Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the time of the alleged crimes - between May and June 2009.
It is unclear if Vando and Rivera are still Fort Bragg soldiers. According to the criminal information, Vando lives in Hope Mills and Rivera lives in Fayetteville.
While deployed, both soldiers worked in the Camp Eggers finance office overseeing payments to commercial vendors, according to court documents.
Vando was a commercial vendor service representative and Rivera served first as the disbursing noncommissioned officer in charge of the finance office and later as a customer service representative in charge of personnel matters.