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Five Somali pirates get life in US prison

Yahoo AFP March 14, 2011

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US court Monday sentenced five Somali pirates to life in prison plus 80 years for the attack last year on a US naval vessel, which was deployed in waters off east Africa to combat piracy.

After a four-hour hearing, the five were “sentenced to life in prison plus 80 years,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for the US attorney’s office in Virginia, told AFP.

The Somalis were convicted in November by a court in Virginia on charges of piracy, of attacking to plunder a maritime vessel and assault with a dangerous weapon for their roles in an attack in April on the USS Nichols.

Piracy carries a mandatory sentence in the United States of life in prison, while firearms charges carry sentences of 30 years to life.  Please read the entire article here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Africa, Legal Jurisdictions, Pirates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ex-military contractor gets prison for bribery

Chron AP Texas News

HOUSTON — A former senior employee of a U.S. military employee got a three-year-and-one-month prison sentence for her part in a conspiracy to bribe Army contracting officials at a U.S. base in Kuwait.

Dorothy Ellis was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy to bribe public officials. U.S. District Judge David Hittner of Houston also ordered the 53-eyar-old Texas City woman to serve three years of probation and pay $360,000 in restitution. She’s the 14th of 16 people charged in the case to plead guilty.

Maj. Eddie Pressley and his wife Eurica Pressley are scheduled for trial in a Decatur, Ala., federal court Jan. 31. They allegedly took $2.8 million in bribes from a contractor who delivered bottled water and building fences in Kuwait and Iraq.

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Iraq, Kuwait | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Moody Case Dismissed; Reno Veteran to Return Home Soon

Channel 2 News Reno

For months, the family and friends of Corporal Nicholas Moody have been waiting for answers. This morning, they finally have some relief.

The Reno veteran was arrested nearly three months ago for carrying gun parts on a plane, and he had been held then released from a prison in Abu Dhabi.

Nicholas’ mother Lorina called Channel 2 News early Monday morning, and says her son’s case has been dismissed.

“Hearing his voice, hearing he had gotten positive results and that he will be able to come home soon was tremendous for us the whole family and all of the friends and supporters out there are also equally happy,” says Lorina Moody.

Nicholas Moody called his mother from the United Arab Emirates around midnight and told her the news.

Moody had been returning from work as a private security contractor in Iraq when he was arrested in late September, and his sentencing was delayed several times. Now that his case has been dismissed, his mother says he can come home once he files his paperwork.

“Everyone can understand that as relieved as we are, it’s just a matter of actually having him here so we’re still going to be anxious and we’re still going to be waiting to hear when he’s actually gonna be here it’s not quite over for us until we actually see his face.” Moody says.

Moody says unless some major weather delays his trip, she is optimistic her son will be home in Reno by Christmas

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December 13, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor | , , , | 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