Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Another Army Major pleads guilty to bribery

As a military officer, these cases really disappoint me.  Almost all the officers I've worked with are the best America has to offer.  But there seems to be a small cadre of Army officers who are corrupt.      

Here is an excerpt from the DoJ press release.   
A retired major in the U.S. Army pleaded guilty today in San Antonio to accepting $400,000 from a contractor following his deployment to Kuwait, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  Charles Joseph Bowie Jr., 45, of Georgetown, Texas, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Stein Nowak in the Western District of Texas to a criminal information charging him with one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.  According to the court document, Bowie served in Kuwait from April 2004 to April 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  While serving in Kuwait, Bowie became friends with former U.S. Army Major John Cockerham, who directed a government contractor to pay Bowie money in exchange for the award of a bottled water contract.  Bowie admitted that he received four wire transfers of approximately $100,000 each from the contractor between July 2005 and February 2006.  Bowie also admitted that he entered into a sham consulting agreement with the contractor to conceal the payments.    
Here is question: will Major Bowie be allowed to retire from the Army?  And as with so many of these corruption cases involving Army officers, one has to wonder why the military justice system is not prosecuting these officers.  Is the Army deferring to the DoJ?     

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