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COLONEL PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN BRIBERY SCAM
TOOK CASH KICKBACKS FOR AWARDING CONTRACTS
CID FIND $400K IN C-NOTES STUFFED IN HIS MATTRESS
FULL BIRD HEADED UP U.S. ARMY CONTRACTING
COMMAND IN SOUTH KOREA
Many of COL Richard J. Morans brass-hat pals at the Pentagon are ducking for cover in the wake of his arrest in one of the biggest bribery scams in U.S. Army history.
The well-connected bird colonel headed up the U.S. Armys Contracting Command in South Korea. That is, until the CID raided his quarters at Yongsan earlier this year and found over $700,000 in cash - $400,000 of it (in hundred dollar bills) - stuffed into his mattress.
Seems the 56 year-old officer was making a bundle on the side in exchange for influencing the award of contracts to two Korean businesses.
The value of the contracts was in excess of $25 million.
Moran pleaded not guilty in federal court July 22, to charges of soliciting and accepting bribes and kickbacks in the money scheme. Both Moran and his attractive Korean-born wife, Gina Cha Moran, were also hit with money laundering and obstructing justice charges.
If convicted, COL Moran faces up to 115 years in federal prison.
The Morans are alleged to have worked in cahoots with three co-conspirators: Joseph Kang Hur, 57, of Anaheim Hills, Calif., who is said to have been a bagman for the payoffs; Ronald Adair Parrish, 49, former chief of the Contract Support Division at USA-CCK; and 31 year-old Indiana businessman, Richard Lee Carlisle.
Investigators said certain irregularities were detected in contracts dealing with family housing on the Osan Air Base, barracks at Camp Carroll and barracks at several facilities collectively called Area I.
A federal grand jury, sitting in Santa Ana, Calif., served up an 11-count indictment against COL Moran. The 25-year Army veteran was arraigned after being held in house arrest in Los Alimetos, Calif. Federal Judge Alice Marie Stotler accepted the plea and set trial date for August 27.
Informed sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com they seriously doubt if any trial will begin that soon. But when it does, the Army will suffer another serious public relations disaster.
Dont hold your breath waiting for Army Chief of Staff,
Clintons politically-correct Gen. Eric Shinseki already
tarred by the forced Anthrax shot scam and black beret fiasco to do the
honorable thing and resign. Life is too good at the top, and with
Army Secretary Thomas White facing numerous ethics questions, the little general
is a cinch to serve out his term.