By Bob Van Voris
A former KBR Inc. employee in Afghanistan was sentenced to 41 months in prison for accepting bribes for steering work to companies doing business with the U.S. military.
Daniel Freeman of Hempstead, New York, pleaded guilty to taking $200,000 while working in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2009. He also admitted he laundered the money by sending cash back to the U.S. in concealed transactions.
“I just made a horrible decision, your honor,” Freeman told U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon today in New York.
McMahon rejected pleas from Freeman’s lawyer to impose a sentence of less than the 41 to 51 months called for in nonbinding federal sentencing guidelines.
“It is very necessary to send a message loud and clear that this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” McMahon said.
The judge called Afghanistan a “murky part of the world” where representatives of the U.S. have to operate “completely and totally on the up and up.”