Army Sgts. Deny Contract Bribe Scheme

Law360, Chicago (November 3, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT) -- Two men who served in Afghanistan as staff sergeants in the U.S. Army Active Guard Reserve Program pled not guilty Wednesday in Illinois to charges that they took bribes from a defense contractor in exchange for inking a phony $200,000 government contract for vehicles.

At their arraignment, Jarred Close and Zachery Taylor both denied charges of conspiracy, bribery, and mail and wire fraud in the case alleging that they each accepted a $10,000 bribe to authorize full payment of a contract for two armored vehicles that...
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