Illi­noisan ad­mits seek­ing Afghan bribes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

SPRING­FIELD, Ill. — A 48-year-old cen­tral Illi­nois man who worked for the U.S. Army Corps of En­gi­neers in Afghanistan has pleaded guilty to so­lic­it­ing $320,000 in bribes from Afghan con­trac­tors.

Mark Miller of Spring­field waived in­dict­ment and pleaded guilty to one count of seek­ing and re­ceiv­ing bribes. He en­tered the guilty plea in a Spring­field fed­eral court on Tues­day.

Miller also ad­mit­ted he so­licited $280,000 in bribes as part of the con­struc­tion of a road from east­ern Afghanistan to the Pak­istani bor­der. He helped make sure the con­tract wouldn’t be ter­mi­nated.

Miller worked for the Army Corps of En­gi­neers from 2005 un­til 2015. He was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012. Dur­ing that time, Miller kept res­i­dence in Spring­field.

He is sched­uled to be sen­tenced Nov. 30.

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