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A federal judge recently sentenced a former Parsons soldier and his co-conspirator in connection with a bribery and money-laundering scheme in Kuwait.

Former Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Allen Evick, 41, will serve concurrent sentences of a year and a day in prison on each of counts 1-11.

Meanwhile, his associate, Crystal Yvette Martin, 48, of Pontiac, Mich, will serve five years probation. Restitution for both Evick and Martin has not yet been determined.

Federal prosecutors allege Evick received more than $170,000 in bribes from two firms that had contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense in Kuwait.

Martin is accused of laundering the bribe money and arranging transfers to the United States. Martin is a former Army master sergeant who operated a concession to sell clothing at American military bases in Kuwait, a news release from the Department of Justice stated.

The indictment also alleges Evick and former majors James Momon and Christopher Murray "improperly disclosed contracting information to two firms that were seeking contracts from the U.S. military," the news release stated.

The five-day trial for both Evick and Martin started in June 2012 in U.S. District Court in Elkins. Following the trial, a jury found Evick guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery, demanding, seeking or receiving bribes by a public official, aiding and abetting Momon to violate a bribery statute, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

The jury found Martin guilty of conspiracy to commit a bribery crime, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering.

 

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