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Terry Hall sentenced to 3 years + 3 months for bribery & money laundering at Camp Arifjan

Former Army Contractor Sentenced to 39 Months in Prison for Role in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to DoD Contracts

To Date, 17 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – March 20, 2012 – Terry Hall, 45, was sentenced today in Birmingham, Ala., to 39 months in prison for his participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. 

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins for the Northern District of Alabama also ordered Hall to serve one year of supervised release following the prison term.  Hall has agreed to forfeit $15,757,000 as well as real estate and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Hall pleaded guilty on Feb. 18, 2010, to bribery conspiracy and money laundering and agreed to testify against his co-defendants, former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley and his wife, Eurica Pressley.  The Pressleys were convicted on March 1, 2011, of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services fraud, money laundering conspiracy and engaging in monetary transactions with criminal proceeds. 

The case against Hall and the Pressleys arose from a corruption probe focusing on Camp Arifjan, a U.S. military base in Kuwait.  As a result of this investigation, 17 individuals, including Hall, have pleaded guilty or been found guilty at trial for their roles in the scheme. 

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Eurica Pressley receives 6 year sentence for role in Iraq war bribery scheme

Wife of Former Army Major Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison for Role in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to Dod Contracts

To Date, 17 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – February 23, 2012 – Eurica Pressley, 39, was sentenced today in Birmingham, Ala., to 72 months in prison for her participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins for the Northern District of Alabama also ordered Pressley to serve three years of supervised release following the prison term and to forfeit $21 million as well as real estate and several automobiles, jointly with her husband, Eddie Pressley.   On Jan. 5, 2012, Eddie Pressley, was sentenced to 144 months in prison.   He also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release.

“Eurica Pressley helped her husband and others facilitate a wide-ranging bribery and money laundering scheme by hiding ill-gotten gains and creating phony paperwork to help conceal the conspirators’ crimes,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.   “Through the determined efforts of our agents and prosecutors, 17 individuals have now been brought to justice for their role in this multi-million dollar bribery scheme.”

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Former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley Sentenced to 12 years for corruption related to the Iraq war

The Department of Justice sentenced another former U.S. Army Officer yesterday, former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley. Once again they patted themselves on the back for showing America that corruption and criminal behavior will not be tolerated etc. They are standing sentry duty to protect our tax dollars  blah, blah, blah.  While I applaud their efforts to lance the festering boil of malfeasance in USG contracting, they have yet to scratch the surface of the problem.  For every criminal they catch, they seem to be letting 100′s of real crooks sneak out the backdoor with truckloads of those supposedly sacred tax dollars, 30-60 millions worth, according to the Commission on Wartime Contracting’s final report.

I have to wonder if the DoJ will continue to prosecute a smattering of individuals for things like timesheet fraud.   That’s right folks that little old trip to the PX, if undocumented, could get you arrested.  Perhaps you should change your name to something like John Smith, Inc. or J. Q. Public, LLC, so the DoJ will know that you are not an arrest worthy petty criminal but you are in fact a legitimate business, indemnified by the DoD with a license to steal.

The DoJ needs to  indict and prosecute the big players in the debacle we know as government contracting, as well as the individual law breakers & profiteers!  Until the DoJ steps up to the plate there will be no justice! ~Forseti

Former Army Major Sentenced to Prison in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to DoD Contracts in Support of Iraq War

To Date, 17 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

WASHINGTON – Eddie Pressley, 41, a former U.S. Army contracting official, was sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., for his participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

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David Isenberg: Now Will You Do Something?

Najlaa CEO Bill Baisey aka Fathalla Belbaisi (photo from Facebook)

Najlaa CEO Bill Baisey aka Fathalla Belbaisi (photo from Facebook)

David Isenberg – (Huffington Post) – November 18, 2011 – Normally, I’m not one to go around saying “I told you so,” but (you knew a “but” was coming) I can’t help but point you to Document 172 (Sentencing Memo) of Case 5:09-cr-00154-VEH -PWG, United States of America v. Eddie Presley, and Eurica Pressley, defendants filed on November 13 in the U.S. District Court for Northern Alabama, Northeastern Division.

This document has to do with the now infamous Eddie Pressley fraud case. For those unfamiliar with this the bottom line is that as an Army officer assigned to the Kuwait contracting office, Pressley was responsible for soliciting and reviewing bids for contracts for goods and services for Department of Defense (“DoD”) necessary to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, arranging for contracts to be awarded to DoD contractors, and arranging for calls to be issued under blanket purchase agreements awarded to such contractors.

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Former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley will be sentenced today (Updated)

Photo – Michael Mercier/The Huntsville Times

Eddie and Eurica Pressley’s sentencing has been delayed until Jan. 5, 2012

Pressley’s role adjustment is fully supported by the record. As for the number of individuals involved, the evidence at trial showed that the criminal activity involved Eddie Pressley, Eurica Pressley, John Cockerham, James Momon, Christopher Murray, Terry Hall, Bill Baisey (KBR and USAID subcontractor), Gopal Nair, Shaher Fawzi Audah, Finbar Charles, and Dorothy Ellis.

See, e.g., Document No. 145 at 15-16 (Court’s order upholding sufficiency of evidence supporting conspiracy charges, among others). ~Sentencing Memorandum PDF

Sentencing delayed for Harvest man convicted of bribery

“Everything Eddie Pressley has worked for his whole life is in ruins,” according to a sentencing memorandum filed by Rasmussen on Tuesday. “The government is seeking more than his ruination. They are in essence seeking the annihilation of his future, based on a small, if bad, part of his past, without consideration of the value he has provided to the Army during the rest of his 15 years service, or to his family and community during his whole life.”

“This court is urged to render a sentence that recognizes the whole of the defendant’s past, and that gives a future,” according to the memorandum filed by Rasmussen. ~The Birmingham News

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFF) – November 16, 2011 – A federal judge delayed the sentencing for a Harvest man convicted of masterminding a multimillion dollar bribery scheme during the war on terror.

Eddie Pressley went before a federal judge in Birmingham Wednesday morning for his scheduled sentencing hearing.

Pressley’s attorneys asked for more time to respond to the government’s sentencing memorandum that asks for him to be sentenced to life in prison.

Pressley’s sentencing hearing is now set for January fifth.

The case centered on allegations that Eddie Pressley, while serving as a contract specialist in Kuwait from October 2004 to October 2005, conspired with another Army major to direct work to certain contractors in exchange for bribes.

Pressley and his wife were convicted of receiving $2.8 million in bribes. (Click HERE for original article)

Prosecutors seek life imprisonment for Army major in bribery scheme
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  – November 16, 2011 –  Prosecutors are asking a federal judge in Birmingham to send a former Army major to prison for life for his conviction on charges of masterminding a multimillion dollar bribery scheme during the war on terror.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins scheduled a sentencing hearing for Wednesday for former Army officer Eddie Pressley of Harvest.

Pressley and his wife Eurica were convicted in March on charges of taking almost $3 million in bribes from a civilian contractor in exchange for $9.3 million in Pentagon contracts. Those included deals for bottled water and security fencing in Iraq and Kuwait.

The contractor, from Georgia, pleaded guilty.

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