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Ex-sgt. accused of bribery for contracts
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Ex-sgt. accused of bribery for contracts
By Mike Stobbe - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Nov 21, 2007 7:30:34 EST

ATLANTA A Georgia civilian contractor was indicted Tuesday for trying to bribe an Army official in Kuwait to win tens of millions of dollars in business with the military.

Terry Hall, 41, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia. His companies received more than $20 million in military contracts, but federal prosecutors say he delivered or transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars to at least one Army official to get the business.

In a detention hearing in Atlanta on Tuesday, a U.S. prosecutor said new evidence suggests Hall made more than $2.5 million in bribe payments, and that there may be a superseding indictment in the near future.

Hall, who has not yet filed a plea, has been linked to Army Maj. John L. Cockerham in what has been called one of the Pentagons largest probes of military graft.

The connection was first reported by the San Antonio Express-News, which confirmed through court documents that the Army and FBI have been looking into Halls dealings with Cockerham, of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, who is accused of bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction.

Prosecutors allege Cockerham, along with his wife and sister, took at least $9.6 million in bribes in 2004 and 2005 while Cockerham was a contract officer stationed in Kuwait.

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