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James Momon sentenced to 18 months for contract fraud crimes at Camp Arifjan

Former U.S. Army Major Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Bribery Scheme Related to Department of Defense Contracts in Kuwait

To Date, 19 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – November 13, 2012 – A former U.S. Army Major was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for his participation in a bribery scheme related to his activities as a contracting official in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in 2005 and 2006, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

James Momon Jr., 40, of Alexandria, Va., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in the District of Columbia.   In addition to his prison term, Momon was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and pay $5.8 million in restitution, jointly and severally with co-defendants.

Momon pleaded guilty on Aug. 13, 2008, to two counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy.

According to plea documents, Momon, was involved in a criminal conspiracy to accept cash bribes from multiple U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracting firms that supplied bottled water and other goods and services to U.S. military bases in Kuwait.   In return, Momon assisted in the award of contracts as well as blanket purchase agreements (BPA) – contracts that allow DoD to order supplies on an as-needed basis at a pre-negotiated price.   Momon agreed to accept approximately $5.8 million from his co-conspirators as payment for his actions, including $1.6 million in cash and luxury items.  

According to plea documents, Momon took over contracting duties at Camp Arifjan from former U.S. Army Major John C. Cockerham, who served as a contracting official in Kuwait in 2004 and 2005.  Cockerham, who solicited and received bribes from DoD contractors in exchange for contracts and BPAs for bottled water and other goods and services, pleaded guilty for his role in the conspiracy in February 2008 and was sentenced to serve 210 months in prison and ordered to pay $9 million in restitution.  

To date, a total of 19 individuals have pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial in the ongoing investigation of corrupt contracting at Camp Arifjan.

This case was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Peter C. Sprung, Eric G. Olshan, Edward J. Loya Jr. and Timothy J. Kelly of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.   The case is being investigated by special agents of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Army Criminal Investigation Command Division, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the Special Inspector General for Iraqi Reconstruction. (Click HERE for original article)

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4 Comments

  1. Comment by Jim:

    I wonder if our safety was at stake when the water company knew we had no choice but to use their brand.
    High salt content, and who knows if there were impurities, or the plastic being sub par, and pallets of water in hot sun will cause future health issues.
    Not good.

  2. Comment by servedmytime:

    After nearly 7 years, he gets only 18 months after ratting on the others…. Huge slap on the wrist….

  3. Comment by usmilitarycontracting.org:

    MAJOR MOMON has been memorialized on this website where he ruined the good name of Contracting Officers world-wide. What he, MAJ Cockerham, and Pressely brought to the forefront is how easily they will sell out their integrity for a buck. They also demonstrated that the Army Contracting Command was non-existent before their criminal enterprise, but that even after its establishment, the criminal enterprise continues under the leadership of General Joe Bass who, is entirely responsible for circumventing the Competition in Contracting Act and concealing solicitations in the years AFTER MAJ MOMON, MAJ PRESSLEY and MAJ COCKERHAM. IG Reports have indicted both Camp Arifjan and Rock Island.

    There are people on Camp Arifjan who will tell you they look at these 28 plus contracting officers who have gone to jail from Building T-346 on Redball Road as if they were never in the Army.

    No, this website will serve as a portal to those that prostituted the Federal Acquisition Regulations and steered $ 5 Billion + of contracts and such a notion of denial is what the Germans might like to say about Hitler. He was never a German and he didn’t do those terrible things.

    Camp Arijfan is, and will forever be associated with these criminal contracting officers. Until Camp Arifjan is dismantled and the Army never has another contracting officer overseas – the U.S. Taxpayer will ALWAYs be getting ripped off.

    This site will continue to post the Freedom of Information Act requests and responses concerning the 408th at Camp Arifjan, Rock Island, the 386th ECONS at Ali Al Saleem, DLA, and DCMA in Kuwait.

    http://www.usmilitarycontracting.org

    MAJOR MOMON should be going to jail for 20 years. Bottom line.

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