WHY DID SHE DO IT? RETIRED ARMY OFFICER
PLEADS GUILTY TO CONTRACT FRAUD IN IRAQ
LTC LEVONDA SELPH COULD GET UP TO TWO
YEARS IN PRISON - ADMITS SHE TIPPED OFF
CONTRACTOR ON WAREHOUSE BIDS - $4000
BRIBE AND ALL EXPENSE-PAID TRIP TO THAILAND
HER PALTRY "PAYOFF" - WILL SELPH LOSE
PENSION OR JUST GET "SLAP ON THE WRIST?"
For the amount of money and "goodies" she received for committing contract fraud in Iraq, one would think now-retired LTC Levonda Selph was hard up for cash. But we don't see how that could be, since field-grade officers of her rank haul down upwards of $100,000 a year.
Her criminal acts sure came cheap. All she got was a $4000 cash bribe and an all expense-paid trip to Thailand, valued at approximately five grand. The answer must be, she did it because the officer thought she could get away with it. The colonel guessed wrong.
Three years after tipping off Lee Dynamics International, a Kuwaiti-based, American-owned company, as to the bid amounts for warehouses to be constructed in Iraq, the career officer was in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia pleading guilty to two counts of bribery and conspiracy.
OFFICER CUTS A "PLEA BARGAIN" WITH FEDS
WILL PAY RESTITUTION FOR ILL-GOTTEN GAINS
Her attorney, Douglas McNabb, says under terms of a plea agreement, Selph will do jail time (the length of which will be determined by the court) and pay restitution to the Government for the illegally-obtained $9000. According to federal sentencing guidelines, Selph could go away for up to two years in the slammer.
The deal that was her downfall involved a $12 million contract to construct warehouses throughout Iraq. Selph was head of the selection board and in a position to know all the bids and steer the contract to whomever she wished.
Now, the former officer has to wonder if she'll get lucky and receive a relative "slap-on-the-wrist" for her corruption, or instead forfeit what must be a fat retirement check? Time will tell.
We doubt if the Army Public Affairs Office will burn up the phone line to tell us anything about that.