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Marine admits trying to bribe contractor in Iraq

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 29 2013 10:22:23 PM CST
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A Marine gunnery sergeant admits he asked a government contractor for bribes while overseeing construction projects in Iraq.
    
Julio Arreola pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh to a felony count of demanding and seeking a bribe. On deployment to Iraq in 2008, Arreola was assigned to oversee construction projects and supply deliveries at Camp Fallujah.
    
Prosecutors say Arreola told a representative of Davut Construction that he could recommend the purchase of various items from the company in return for cash payments. He suggested the company inflate its true costs to the Department of Defense and then pay his bribe from the excess profit.
    
The 36-year-old Marine faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, followed by 3 years of supervised release.