2011-09-19 - A former employee of the United States Army Corps of Engineers stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to receive bribes from Iraqi contractors involved in the United States-funded reconstruction efforts, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, United States Attorney Neil H MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Assistant Director in Charge James W McJunkin of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
Thomas Aram Manok, 50, of Chantilly, Va ., pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Anthony J Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia. Sentencing has been scheduled for December 9, 2011. Manok faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
According to court documents, Manok admitted to using his official position to conspire with Iraqi contractors to accept cash bribes in exchange for recommending that the Army Corps of Engineers approve contracts and other requests for payment submitted by the contractors to the United States government. According to court documents, in March and April 2010, Manok agreed to receive a $10,000 payment from one such contractor who had been involved in constructing a kindergarten and girls’ school in the Abu Ghraib neighborhood of Baghdad and had sought Manok’s influence in having requests for payment approved by the Corps of Engineers. read more>>>