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US air force official jailed for taking bribe in Afghanistan

US air force official jailed for taking bribe in Afghanistan

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Dec 09, 2011 - 13:23

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): A former US air force official has been sentenced to 40 months of imprisonment for receiving a bribe in return for a contract at the Bagram airfield, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

In addition to his prison term, Patrick Boyd, 44, of Florida, was sentenced to one year of supervised release and ordered to pay id="mce_marker"30,000 in restitution.

Boyd pleaded guilty in June 2008 to a superseding indictment charging him with three counts of conspiracy to commit bribery and three counts of bribery. 

According to the superseding indictment and other documents filed in the case, Boyd served as a warranted contracting officer in Afghanistaninfo-icon from September 2004 to January 2005. 

Boyd and his co-conspirators made separate agreements with three military contractors -- Naweed Bakhshi Company, Northern Reconstructioninfo-icon Organisation and Top's Construction -- to receive $30,000 in cash from each firm in return for the award of contracts.

Boyd then awarded contracts for concrete bunkers, barriers and asphalt paving services.  The contractors delivered $30,000 each to Boyd’s co-conspirators. Boyd is the eighth defendant sentenced in this investigation. 

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