Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan scheme

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former FBI agent accused of derailing a fraud investigation by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source has been sentenced to 10 years.

Retired New York agent Robert Lustyik Jr. was sentenced Monday in Salt Lake City. Federal Judge Tena Campbell said she hopes the sentence deters other agents from being tempted to abuse their position.

The judge said the fact that Lustyik has a family contributed to her decision to sentence the 52-year-old to less than what prosecutors requested.

He pleaded guilty in September to fraud and conspiracy charges.

Federal prosecutors say Lustyik tried to derail an investigation into a company accused of using insider information to win $54 million in bloated government contracts to supply Afghan troops, in exchange for a cut of the business.