Military bribes for government contracts nets indictments

The Department of Justice has unsealed a 23-count indictment alleging that a civilian contractor, Terry Hall, 43, paid bribes from January 2004 to November 2007 to a contracting official of the United States Army stationed in Kuwait.

$2.8 million is alleged to have been paid in bribes to U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley, 39, and his wife, Eurica Pressley, 37, both of Harvest, Ala, stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Contracts of approximately $21 million to erect security fencing for the Department of Defense (DoD) in Kuwait and Iraq as well as delivery of bottled water were allegedly the result of the bribes.

An indictment charges Terry Hall, 43, of Snellville, Ga., with conspiracy to commit bribery, substantive bribery, honest services wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and engaging in monetary transactions in criminal proceeds.

The Pressley’s are charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, substantive count of bribery, honest services wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and engaging in monetary transactions in criminal proceeds.

A National Procurement Fraud Task Force was formed in October 2006 to promote early detection, identification, prevention and prosecution of procurement fraud.

An indictment is an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

Read the entire Department of Justice press release here

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