- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Anniston Army Depot employee has been charged with stealing more than $175,000 worth of transmission oil coolers between 2013 and 2015.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in a news release Wednesday, said federal prosecutors filed a bill of information charging 45-year-old Eric Hardy, of Anniston, with one count of theft of government property.

In conjunction with the charge, prosecutors also filed a plea agreement with Hardy. As part of that agreement, Hardy agreed to plead guilty, forfeit $175,537 to the government, and to pay that same amount in restitution to the Anniston Army Depot.

The maximum penalty for the theft charge is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Hardy’s arraignment is set for March 9 in Birmingham. It was unknown if he is represented by an attorney.

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