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Manhunt under way for cohorts in fuel thefts

A former military contractor convicted in Virginia of stealing $40 million worth of government fuel in Iraq is helping authorities find his accomplices around the globe.

According to the Associated Press, the thefts occurred in 2007 and 2008 from Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Lee W. Dubois, who has since pleaded guilty to theft of government property, admitted that he and others stole more than 10 million gallons of jet fuel and diesel fuel from the base.

Although the other suspects are thought to be scattered around the world, Dubois has been cooperating with authorities in an effort to locate them. So far, one man was arrested in the Philippines, and warrants are out for two other men.

Dubois faces up to 10 years in prison, but his sentencing hearing was postponed to give him an opportunity to provide $450,000 in restitution. A federal judge in Alexandria warned that he would likely deal with Dubois harshly at sentencing if he fails to make restitution.

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