Army Officer Convicted Of Accepting Bribes While Stationed In Ir - New York News

Army Officer Convicted Of Accepting Bribes While Stationed In Iraq

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A Manhattan federal jury convicted an Army captain of mail fraud and accepting bribes in connection with nearly a million dollars in contracts while he was stationed in Baghdad.

Bryant Williams, 39, faces up to 35 years in prison when he's sentenced next March.

From 2005 through 2006, Williams served as a procurement officer with the 101st Airborne Division.

He was allowed to help solicit bids, help select contractors, and oversee contracts worth up to $200,000.

The jury found that Williams demanded and accepted payments to help certain contractors receive over $930,000 in government contracts.

As part of this scheme, Williams forged bids on behalf of other companies, knowingly collected false and forged bids from contractors, and event threatened a contractor with a gun to demand payment of bribes.

Williams even set up a mailing address in Iowa for one contractor to mail thousands of dollars in cash. The contractor mailed packages containing thousands of dollars from New York and Michigan.

"Bryant Williams abused his position of authority to extract bribes from military contractors and to enrich himself in the process," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "Today's guilty verdict sends a strong message that neither law enforcement officials nor juries will tolerate corrupt actors in our military."

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