Fmr. Army major sentenced for bribery

A former Army major has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking nearly $3 million in bribes for defense contracts awarded for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Hopkins imposed the sentence Thursday on Eddie Pressley of Harvest. She also ordered that he and his wife forfeit $21 million, plus land, a vacation resort timeshare, and two vehicles. Pressley is scheduled to report to prison on Feb. 27.

A jury convicted Pressley and his wife, Eurica, in March on bribery and money laundering charges involving $9.3 million in contracts. Her sentencing has not been set.

They are among 17 people who have been convicted or pleaded guilty as a result of a federal investigation of how contracts were awarded at a U.S. military base in Kuwait.

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