Contractor Gets 30 Months For Smuggling Afghan Bribes

Law360, New York (February 13, 2013, 4:43 PM EST) -- A former private contractor in Afghanistan was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for trying to smuggle into the U.S. $150,000 in bribes that he received for steering U.S. military subcontracts at Bagram Airfield to an Afghan company.

According to prosecutors, Donald Gene Garst, who worked for a U.S. military contractor at the air base and awarded subcontracts to Afghan firms, agreed to take more than $600,000 in kickbacks from local construction company Somo Logistics in return for favorable treatment.

Federal prosecutors busted Garst,...
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