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Del. National Guard Sergeant Convicted of Theft

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware Air National Guard sergeant has been convicted of stealing more than $100,000 in a double-dipping case involving disability payments.

Master Sgt. Michael Pierson of New Castle pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft. A judge sentenced him to probation and ordered him to pay back $103,800.

Though Pierson reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in August, neither the guard nor the state attorney general's office made a public announcement about the case. A Delaware newspaper learned about it in recent days.

In response to inquiries from the newspaper, Lt. Col. Leonard Gratteri says the 45-year-old Pierson hurt his back during military drills, and was improperly receiving both his guard salary and incapacitation pay for more than two years. Gratteri says Pierson signed paperwork saying he wasn't getting two paychecks.

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