A U.S. Marine has been sentenced to five years' probation for accepting a $25,000 bribe to award $1 million in contracts in Iraq to a Lebanese company.
Prosecutors had requested nearly two years imprisonment for Staff Sgt. Mariam Mendoza Steinbuch to deter similar crimes. The identity of the Lebanese company was kept confidential, but court documents said the contracts were for noncombat supplies to operate Camp Fallujah.
U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said he was confident that Steinbuch wouldn't commit another crime and also is being punished with a less than honorable discharge next month, a demotion to lance corporal rank and loss of military benefits. Steinbuch must spend six months confined to her home in Murrieta, Calif.