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Ex-Defense official sentenced in Ga. for bribery

ATLANTA (AP) – A high-ranking Department of Defense employee who pleaded guilty to taking a bribe from an Afghanistan-based contractor was sentenced to 20 months in prison for his crime.

Desi Deandre Wade was also ordered on Wednesday to pay a $4,000 fine for taking a backpack stuffed with $95,000 in cash to influence a lucrative contract.

Wade is a U.S. Army veteran and firefighter who was the department’s Chief of Fire and Emergency Services in Afghanistan when he was arrested in August.

Authorities say he received a $4,000 bribe in Afghanistan to award a maintenance contract to a firm and later proposed steering a $4.5 million contract to the same company in exchange for a payoff. He was arrested at a conference in Atlanta moments after taking the backpack.

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March 28, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Army contractor from S. Africa faces prison term in US for stabbing British man in Kandahar

S. African gets 3.5 years for Kandahar stabbing (Westport News)  July 8, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An Army contractor from South Africa has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for stabbing a British man last year at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Sean Brehm of Cape Town pleaded guilty in April to stabbing John Osborn, who also worked for a U.S. contractor. Their dispute stemmed from an affair between Brehm and Osborn’s wife. Prosecutors say Osborn likely would have died if a medic hadn’t been on scene.

Brehm appears to be the first foreign national contractor convicted under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which gives U.S. courts jurisdiction over certain crimes committed outside the United States. Brehm was employed by Falls Church-based DynCorp.

The sentence imposed Friday at federal court in Alexandria was in line with prosecutors’ request. The defense had asked for only 18 months.

Associated Press at the Washington Post  July 8, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An Army contractor from South Africa likely faces at least 18 months in prison for stabbing a British man last year at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Sean Brehm of Cape Town will be sentenced Friday at federal court in Alexandria for stabbing John Osborn, who also worked for a U.S. contractor. Their dispute stemmed from an affair between Brehm and Osborn’s wife. Prosecutors say Osborn likely would have died if an Army medic hadn’t been on scene.

Brehm appears to be the first foreign national contractor convicted under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which gives U.S. courts jurisdiction over certain crimes committed outside the United States. He was working for DynCorp, a Falls Church-based contractor.

July 8, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, DynCorp, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , | Leave a comment

2nd ex-Blackwater worker Justin Cannon gets 30 months for manslaughter

by Bill Sizemore at The Virginian Pilot  June 27, 2011

A second former Blackwater contractor was sentenced to prison for involuntary manslaughter today in the 2009 shooting death of a civilian in Afghanistan.

Justin Cannon of Corpus Christi, Texas, was sentenced to 30 months by U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar.

A Virginia Beach man, Christopher Drotleff, received a 37-month sentence earlier this month for his actions in the same incident.

The two were charged with murder and convicted of the lesser charge in March after an earlier trial ended in a hung jury. They are the first contractors for the Moyock, N.C.-based security company now known as Xe Services to get prison time for killing a civilian in a war zone.

Cannon and Drotleff were working for a Blackwater subsidiary providing weapons training to the Afghan army under a Defense Department subcontract.

Please read the details at The Virginian Pilot

June 27, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment