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Retired Army major pleads guilty in bribery case

Chronicle AP Texas News  May 11, 2011

DALLAS — Federal prosecutors say a retired Army major from Texas has pleaded guilty to accepting $400,000 from a government contractor following his deployment to Kuwait during the Iraq war.

The Justice Department said 45-year-old Charles Joseph Bowie Jr. of Georgetown, Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge related to taking payoffs for a bottled water contract.

Prosecutors say Bowie was directed to accept four $100,000 payments by former Army Major John Cockerham. In 2008, Cockerham pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme and admitted receiving more than $9 million in illegal proceeds. He was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison.

Cockerham’s wife and two relatives also pleaded guilty in the case.

Bowie faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also agreed to repay $400,000 to the U.S.

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May 11, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Government Contractor, Iraq | , , , ,

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