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Latino Daily News

Wednesday January 19, 2011

Former Army Officer, Roderick Sanchez, Sentenced for Taking Bribes for Govt Contracts in Iraq

A U.S. Army contracting officer was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge in Denver to 60 months in prison for accepting money and items of value in return for being influenced in the awarding of Army contracts.

Judge Arguello also ordered Army Major Roderick D. Sanchez, 45, of Pueblo, Colo., to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term, and to pay a $15,000 fine. 

In addition, Sanchez was ordered to forfeit Rolex watches, real estate, a camping trailer, a Dodge Ram truck and other property purchased with the proceeds of the bribery scheme.  Sanchez pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on Oct. 27, 2010, to one count of bribery.

According to court documents, Sanchez was employed by the U.S. Army and deployed overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait as a contracting officer at various times from approximately 2004 until 2007.  Sanchez admitted that during that time period , he accepted illicit and secret bribe payments from foreign companies seeking to secure Army contracts.