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Ex-Halliburton employee pleads guilty to accepting bribes for Iraq work

[JURIST] Glenn Allen Powell, a former employee of Halliburton [official website; JURIST news archive] subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) [official website], has pleaded guilty to charges that he accepted bribes and defrauded the US government when awarding a contract to an Iraqi company in 2004. According to the plea agreement, KBR discovered during an internal investigation that Powell had accepted more than $110,000 in exchange for a $609,000 contract to renovate a warehouse in Iraq. Powell will be sentenced November 18 and could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine. In March, Jeff Alex Mazon, another an ex-KBR employee, was indicted on fraud charges [JURIST report]. It is alleged that Mazon cost the federal government $3.5 million by inflating subcontractor bids and taking kickbacks on contracts awarded. Reuters has more.

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