CAREER ARMY OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO
CORRUPTION CHARGES - MAJ JAMES MOMON
ADMITS TAKING BRIBES AND KICKBACKS IN
KUWAIT - WILL TESTIFY FOR THE FEDS - SOURCES
SAY UP TO 30 OFFICERS IN CRIME RING - TWO
COMMIT SUICIDE - MAJ GLORIA DAVIS SHOOTS
SELF IN HEAD DAY AFTER CID NABS HER FOR
TAKING $225K UNDER TABLE FROM CONTRACTOR

The corruption probe of a crime ring composed of up to, what sources say, are thirty U.S. military officers in Iraq and Kuwait, took another turn recently when Army Maj. James Momon admitted taking bribes and kickbacks and agreed to testify for the Feds against his former contractor cronies.

The 36 year-old career man is the latest in a series of crooked and greedy officers to be caught in a group that was brazen in its collection of millions of dollars.

Some of the loot was paid off in shopping bags full of hundred dollar bills. In other cases, money was wired to foreign bank accounts and cash was given - in the case of Maj. John Cockerham (see related stories box below) to his wife - who investigators say was in on the scam.

BRIBES AMOUNTED TO BIG BUCKS IN CONTRACT CORRUPTION

Court papers show that Momon shook down a contractor supplying American and Iraqi troops with bottled water to the tune of fifty cents per case. The whole deal was worth $15 million. Half the bribe went to Cockerham, who proceeded Momon as contract officer at Camp Ariftan in Kuwait.

We have earlier reported how Cockerham and his wife Melissa pleaded guilty to accepting at least $1 million in kickbacks, but as more charges were added on, the couple decided to change their plea to "innocent."

Maj. Momon's testimony in federal court should prove valuable in convicting Cockerham and other members of the gang.

FEMALE MAJOR COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER CID CATCHES HER
TAKING KICKBACKS

One of them, LTC Levonda Joey Selph pleaded guilty in June to a lesser offense of improperly accepting gifts. But another female officer, Maj. Gloria Davis, 47, of St. Louis, put a bullet through her head the day after the CID confronted her about taking some $225,000 under the table from an outfit called Lee Dynamics.

Davis, who shot herself Dec. 12, 2006, was one of the first Army officers to be caught in the criminal enterprise. She had been in the Army for 18 years and was stationed in Baghdad.

The identity of the second officer to commit suicide has not been released.

MAJOR'S TESTIMONY COULD GET HIM AS LITTLE AS FIVE YEARS IN PRISON

Momon's plea agreement could result in him receiving less than five years in prison.

The field grade, MilitaryCorruption.com has learned, will testify he accepted $100,000 in cash from former Army Sgt. Terry Hall, owner and operator of Omega Construction and Support Services..

Momon will also reveal that he accepted another hundred grand in greenbacks at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, Ga. in late 2005.

Hall, 43, lived in nearby Rex, Ga.

 

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