Feds seek shorter sentence in Kuwait bribery case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Federal prosecutors are seeking a reduced sentenced for an Indiana man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe contracting officials at a U.S. Army base in Kuwait.

Wajdi Birjas pleaded guilty to bribery and money laundering conspiracy charges in 2010, but his sentencing has been delayed four times. The Evansville man could face more than seven years in prison when he's sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Evansville.

But the Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/11WYXo4 ) prosecutors are recommending a roughly three-year sentence for Birjas, citing his assistance in helping them convict two co-conspirators.

The Justice Department says Birjas paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to three officials in exchange for a Kuwaiti contractor receiving defense contracts worth $1.7 million. In exchange, he got a share of the profits.

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