Ex-Army Major admits to Taking Bribes

A former U.S. Army major has admitted that he took $250,000 in bribes from two companies that wanted contracts to supply the military with bottled water in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Westlaw Journals.

Derrick L. Shoemake, aged 49, admitted accepting the bribes while serving as a contracting officer’s representative in Kuwait between October 2004 and August 2006, the Justice Department said in June 13 statement.

Shoemake entered his plea to bribery charges before Judge Dolly M. Gee in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Prosecutors said in an April 2010 criminal information that while stationed at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, Shoemake was responsible for setting up deliveries of bottled water to be used by U.S. troops in Iraq.

The charges said Shoemake began accepting payments in August 2005 from an employee of an unidentified Saudi company that sought to supply water to the troops.

The employee paid Shoemake U.S. cash in frequent installments ranging between $10,000 and $15,000, the Justice Department said.

In addition, one of the principals of the Saudi company traveled to Los Angeles in 2006 in order to give Shoemake’s wife some of the illicit payments, according to prosecutors.

The Justice Department said the Saudi firm paid Shoemake a total of $215,000 for the contract.

The charges also say an unidentified Indian company paid Shoemake $35,000 in the summer of 2005 in order to win a bottled water supply contract in Afghanistan. Prosecutors said Shoemake accepted a total of $250,000 from both companies.

As part of his guilty plea, Shoemake agreed to return the money to the government, the Justice Department said. He faces a significant prison term and fine, according to prosecutors.

(Source: Westlaw Journals)

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