Former Army Reserve officer enters guilty plea to accepting bribes

A former U.S. Army Reserve captain pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting $91,500 in bribes from contractors while he was deployed to Iraq, the Justice Department said.

Edward William Knotts III, 51, of Nebraska, entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge James Mahan to a single criminal count of bribery.

He faces a maximum 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 8.

The majority of the money was paid to Knotts at Las Vegas hotels, according to a plea agreement filed here Wednesday in federal court.

Knotts, free on his own recognizance, was stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as a contracting officer from December 2005 until December 2007, the plea agreement states.

In November 2006, according to the agreement, Knotts struck a secret deal with a Kuwait-based corporation to receive a monthly fee in return for providing confidential bidding information about the company’s competitors for U.S. Army contracts.

The company, British Link Kuwait, paid him roughly $31,500 in cash between November 2006 and November 2007, the agreement states. Then, the company paid him $40,000 at a Las Vegas hotel in June 2007, and $20,000 more at a another local hotel in August 2008.

British Link Kuwait had millions of dollars in contracts at the time to supply Army bases in Kuwait with tents, generators and other goods and services, the agreement states.

The case was prosecuted jointly by the Justice Department’s Fraud Section in Washington and the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office.

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