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Former Afghanistan Contractor Freeman Gets 41 Months

FBI Press Release

Updates from Bloomberg

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — A former KBR Inc. employee in Afghanistan was sentenced to 41 months in prison for accepting bribes for steering work to companies doing business with the U.S. military.

Daniel Freeman of Hempstead, New York, pleaded guilty to taking $200,000 while working in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2009. He also admitted he laundered the money by sending cash back to the U.S. in concealed transactions.

“I just made a horrible decision, your honor,” Freeman told U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon today in New York.

McMahon rejected pleas from Freeman’s lawyer to impose a sentence of less than the 41 to 51 months called for in nonbinding federal sentencing guidelines.

“It is very necessary to send a message loud and clear that this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” McMahon said.

The judge called Afghanistan a “murky part of the world” where representatives of the U.S. have to operate “completely and totally on the up and up.”

The case is U.S. v. Freeman, 10-cr-00766, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) – A former employee of a U.S. contractor in Afghanistan was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for accepting $200,000 in bribes in return for steering work to companies doing business with the U.S. military.

Daniel Freeman, of Hempstead, New York, told a U.S. magistrate judge in Manhattan that from 2007 to 2009, he accepted the gratuities while working in Afghanistan for a U.S. military contractor later identified as KBR Inc. He also said he laundered the money he received by sending the cash back to the U.S. in concealed transactions  Please see the original here

December 9, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, KBR | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Former Contractor Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Accepting Secret Payments KABUL, September 12, 2010

Former Contractor Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Accepting Secret Payments KABUL, September 12, 2010

An American citizen and former employee of a U.S. contractor pled guilty in late August to corruption charges stemming from actions he took while working in Afghanistan. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced on August 26 that Daniel Freeman, a former employee of U.S. Army contractor KBR in Afghanistan, pled guilty to charges related to accepting approximately $200,000 in corrupt payments from sub-contractors in Afghanistan and to laundering the illicit funds.

Freeman faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 (or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense) on the  bribery charge and 20 years maximum and a fine upto $500,000 (or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense) on the money-laundering charge.

Mr. Freeman’s sentencing is scheduled for December 9, 2010.
FBI Assistant Director-In-Charge Janice Fedarcyk said, “The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate those that try to corrupt the procurement process, no matter where the crime occurs.”

KBR is an engineering, procurement, and construction company which had a contract with the U.S. Army to provide logistics support for the Army in Afghanistan, including providing meals, delivering mail, and transporting supplies and equipment. KBR entered into sub-contracts with Afghan companies worth tens of thousands of dollars each.  Freeman worked for KBR from 2004-2009 and accepted illegal cash payments in order to influence the awarding of those subcontracts.
The United States supports the Afghan Government in its pledge to root out corruption at all levels. The U.S. Government is also committed to identifying and prosecuting Americans who are involved in corrupt activities.  Corruption is a universal problem, and requires professional and independent law enforcement and judicial authorities to prevent it from harming society and preventing development.  The U.S. will continue to support Afghan authorities and leaders at all levels committed to combating corruption.

Visit the Embassy’s Website, http://kabul.usembassy.gov

September 19, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, KBR, Pentagon | , , , , , , | Leave a comment