- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former U.S. Air Force contracting official in Afghanistan will avoid prison time for violating an ethics law.

A federal judge sentenced Adam Pudenz of Carroll, Iowa to three years of probation Thursday.

Pudenz admitted that, while stationed in Kabul, he began discussing employment with a military boot manufacturer whose contracts he administered. After leaving the Air Force in 2011, the company paid Pudenz to lobby his former colleagues to expedite contract payments.

Pudenz pleaded guilty to violating a law that bans ex-federal employees from trying to influence action on matters in which they were previously involved. He also pleaded guilty to making a false statement to military investigators.

Prosecutors didn’t advocate for prison time under a plea agreement in which Pudenz forfeited his home and three native Afghan rugs.

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