Area man pleads guilty to federal crime

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCIA) — A Springfield man, who is a former employee of the US Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE), based in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Tuesday to soliciting more than $320,000 in bribes from Afghan contractors for help in US government contracts.

48-year old Mark Miller was charged July 18 with one count of seeking and receiving bribes.

He admitted, while he was site manager and contracting officer for a number of construction projects in the area, the USACE awarded a contract, worth about $2.9 million, to an Afghan company for construction of a road from eastern Afghanistan to the Pakistani border. The contract later increased in value to more than $8.1 million.

Miller admitted overseeing the work of the Afghan company on the project, making sure the company performed the work and authorizing progress payments by USACE.

He admitted, during the course of the business relationship, he solicited about $280,000 in bribes from the owners of the company in return for helping the company, including making sure the contract was not terminated.

Miller further admitted, after the contract was no longer active, he solicited an additional $40,000 in bribes for the possibility of future contract work and other benefits.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced November 30. He faces up to 15-years in prison.

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