Overseas Civilian Contractors

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Army Bribery Ring Rolled Up

Courthouse News January 10, 2012

(CN) – A former Army major was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for bribery and money laundering in war contracts in Iraq.
Eddie Pressley, 41, was also ordered to forfeit $21 million, real estate and several automobiles. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins in Birmingham, Ala.
Pressley and his wife Eurica were convicted in March 2011 of conspiracy to commit bribery, eight counts of honest services fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and 11 counts of engaging in monetary transactions with criminal proceeds. No date has been set for his wife’s sentencing.
“Mr. Pressley participated in a wide-ranging scheme to steer U.S. Army contracts to particular providers in exchange for personal, illegal profit,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
“Taking in nearly $3 million, he enlisted his wife to help him conceal the nature of his bribes and created phony paperwork to keep the scheme going.”

Please read the story in detail here

January 10, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Contractors Arrested, Iraq, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

NV man accused of selling stolen US military ammo

The Associated Press at The Las Vegas Sun

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 2:45 p.m.

A former defense contractor employee has been indicted on charges that he conspired with others to steal U.S. military ammunition in Iraq and then sold it back to Iraqis and U.S. forces.

Chad Eric O’Kelley was released on his own recognizance after being arrested at his Carson City home and making an initial appearance Thursday. He faces federal charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and money laundering.

The indictment alleges O’Kelley was a manager in Baghdad with Minden-based defense contractor Security Operations Consulting in 2007 when he conspired with others to sell the ammo and send cash to the U.S. via Federal Express or couriers.

The 40-year-old man was ordered to appear in federal court in Texas, where he used to live in El Paso.

June 10, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Iraq | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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