- Associated Press - Monday, July 16, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty in Alabama to federal charges that he paid bribes to Army officials in exchange for military contracts during the Iraq war.

The Justice Department said Monday that 62-year-old Finbar Charles admitted in his plea to personally receiving more than $228,000 in illicit gains as a result of the bribery scheme. Charles is a citizen of the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia. The plea was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Alabama

Al.com reports prosecutors said Charles worked with partners to provide millions of dollars in bribes between 2005 and 2007. They said the bribes bought preferential treatment in defense contacts for providing bottled water and security fencing for soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait.

Charles is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 26.

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