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2 Plead Guilty To Laundering Afghanistan Bribes

2 Plead Guilty To Laundering Afghanistan Bribes

CREATED May 29, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Memphis said two men face up to 20 years in prison for laundering about $250,000 in bribe payments from contractors in Afghanistan.

The U.S. attorney's office for West Tennessee said 44-year-old Jimmy Dennis pleaded guilty Wednesday to laundering conspiracy. James Pittman pleaded guilty to the same charge on May 15.

Dennis, of Clarksville, is a former Army first sergeant assigned to the Humanitarian Aid Yard at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. He worked to get supplies for urgent humanitarian relief from Afghan contractors.

Dennis accepted $250,000 in return for adding certain vendors and contractors to his list of eligible suppliers.

Prosecutors said Dennis mailed the money to the United States. Pittman, of Rossville, Georgia, laundered bribe money through his landscaping company.

Dennis' home base was Fort Campbell.

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