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Ret. Navy officer, contractor enter guilty pleas to Iraq bribery scheme

Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. — A retired Navy officer and a contractor have entered guilty pleas in Virginia to paying bribes to obtain U.S. government contracts for work in Iraq.

According to the government, retired Lt. Cmdr. Frankie J. Hand Jr. of Chesapeake entered his plea Tuesday before a magistrate in Norfolk. The other plea was entered by 44-year-old Michelle L. Adams of Miami.

Prosecutors said 48-year-old Hand developed a relationship with Adams while stationed at Camp Taji near Baghdad in 2007. He allegedly obtained competing contractors’ bids and bribed Navy personnel to help Adams’ companies obtain contracts worth more than $757,000.

Hand also received thousands of dollars in kickbacks on the contracts.

Hand and Adams are scheduled for sentencing in March. Each faces 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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December 8, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Iraq | , , , , | Leave a comment