THE COLONEL IS A CROOK, SAYS FEDS - ANTHONY
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Investigators say this is a case of unmitigated greed.
The colonel was close to retirement on a fat pension. But court documents show he was involved in a kickback bribery scheme since 2008. The Army CID and others caught on to the corruption, we are told, and earlier this week, a federal grand jury sitting in Savannah, Ga. gave the "go signal" to prosecutors to indict the senior officer, his wife, and a civilian alleged co-conspirator.
Anthony Roper, 55, is an active duty bird colonel at Fort Gordon. He's been hit with charges of bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false official statements. That could get him a maximum of 85 years in prison plus a $1.75 million fine, if convicted.
WIFE IN ON IT, TOO THE FEDS SAY
The colonel's wife, Audra, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one of making a false statement, and a single count of obstructing justice. She could receive up to 25 years behind bars and pay a $750,000 fine.
Mrs. Roper is alleged to have operated a "shell" company (front) called the Quadar Group, which funneled the illegal payments to her husband. The big bucks bribes, plus the colonel's hefty paycheck had the couple rolling in cash, a source says.
Also charged in the fraud was Dwayne Oswald Fulton, a 58 year-old former employee of a defense contracting firm. He lives in Augusta, Ga.
According to the indictment, Roper accepted bribes in exchange for steering some $20 million in contracts to various companies and individuals, investigators said. We can't be sure as to exactly how he got caught, but word is that he was ratted out by a former colleague.