2 ex-Army soldiers laundered Afghanistan bribes

AP News
Posted: May 29, 2014 3:33 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two former Army soldiers have pleaded guilty to accepting about $250,000 in bribes from contractors in Afghanistan.

The men told federal judges that the cash was shipped back to the U.S. to be laundered through a landscaping business.

Former 1st Sgt. Jimmy W. Dennis, 44, of Clarksville, and 45-year-old James C. Pittman of Rossville, Georgia, said during separate hearings that they took the money in exchange for steering work to favored Afghan contractors. They face up to 20 years in prison.

Dennis and Pittman had been stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The guilty pleas are the latest to arise from bribery allegations involving U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. At least six other soldiers have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison, including four in Colorado and two from Fort Campbell.