Ex-State Dept. Official Charged With Taking Afghan Bribe

Law360, New York (October 16, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A former U.S. Department of State official was arrested by the FBI and accused of accepting a $30,000 bribe in connection with assistance he gave to an Afghan contractor, according to court documents unsealed on Monday.

Authorities say Kenneth Michael Brophy, a civil and structural engineer,  admitted to accepting $30,000 from an unnamed Afghan contractor specializing in architectural and engineering design in relation to U.S. government contracts in Afghanistan.

“There is probable cause to believe that Brophy ... willfully accepted a $30,000 payment from ... an...
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