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Warner Robins man accused of stealing public funds is sentenced

A discharged Air Force serviceman was sentenced to more than four years in prison Thursday after he was convicted of attempting to cash forged checks on Robins Air Force Base, according to a Monday news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Simon Watson, 37, of Warner Robins, pleaded guilty to charges of theft of public funds and aggravated identity theft last June after he was accused of cashing more than $3,000 in forged checks in early 2014 at the base's Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the release said. In addition to a 51-month sentence, Watson is required to pay $3,088 in restitution to the exchange. He also is charged with failure to appear for sentencing at a court date in October, the release said.

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