Omaha man sentenced to prison for gas card theft


August 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – An Omaha man has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison for his unauthorized use of a military-issued gas card.  United States Attorney Deborah Gilg says that 32-year-old Terrell Smith was sentenced Wednesday in Lincoln federal court for use of an unauthorized access device. He must also pay restitution of nearly $23,000.

Federal authorities say the Nebraska Air National Guard noticed in October that the credit card assigned to a National Guard recruiter was being used at gas stations in north Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, to buy large quantities of gas.  The FBI and General Services Administration determined that Smith repeatedly used the card to put $22,882 worth of gas into his car and into the cars of friends.   Smith told authorities he found the card.