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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. Moran’s “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. Army’s 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.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Army Chief of Staff, Clinton’s “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.




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