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US Army sergeant sentenced to 2 years in jail over bribery

US Army sergeant sentenced to 2 years in jail over bribery

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Dec 11, 2015 - 12:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A US Army sergeant has been awarded jail sentence for taking bribes from humanitarian aid vendors in Afghanistaninfo-icon in exchange for supply contracts.

The US Department of Justice announced on Thursday Sergeant Ramiro Pena, who admitted receiving from the vendors a Rolex watch and $100,000 in bribes, had been sentenced to two years in prison.

A press release from the department said: "Pena admitted that he and his supervisor… were responsible for contracting with local vendors to purchase supplies to support humanitarian relief in Afghanistan."

Pena and his supervisor awarded 217 such contracts worth $30,760,255 from January 2008 through September 2009. The sergeant sent roughly $22,000 to his family in Kentucky.

With the bribe money, he purchased a Harley Davidson motorcycle, which has to be forfeited along with the Rolex and cash, the release added.

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