TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has dismissed the appeal of a private contractor convicted of trying to smuggle $150,000 from Afghanistan to his ex-wife in Kansas.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday the appeal from Donald Gene Garst would be frivolous.
The Topeka man was sentenced in February to 2 1/2 years in prison and a $52,000 fine. He later asked the court to dismiss his appeal.
Garst pleaded guilty to bulk cash smuggling for trying to ship the undeclared cash in a DHL box from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to Kansas. He worked on the base as a private contractor from 2009 to 2011.
The government contends the money was part of a larger kickback scheme. Garst claims the money was gambling proceeds.
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