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Army corruption probe nets guilty sentence

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Army corruption probe nets guilty sentence

01.06.12 02:06 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Army contracting officer was sentenced for his role in a corruption case concerning awarding support contracts in the Iraq war, officials said.

Eddie Pressley was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison and ordered to serve three years of supervised release after the prison term, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday in a release. The court said it would also require Pressley to forfeit $21 million, as well as real estate and several vehicles.

"Mr. Pressley participated in a wide-ranging scheme to steer U.S. Army contracts to particular providers in exchange for personal, illegal profit," Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said. "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."

The sentence sends a message that "we will not tolerate corruption of any kind, and are determined to hold corrupt officials accountable," Breuer said.

A jury found Pressley and his wife, Eurica, guilty of one count of bribery, one count 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.

The case against the couple arose from a corruption investigation concerning contracts for services, focusing on Camp Arifjan, a U.S. military base in Kuwait. So far, 17 people, including the Pressleys, either pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial as a result of the investigation.

A sentencing date for Eurica Pressley hasn't been scheduled.

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