Ex-soldier sentenced in Afghan bribe case
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A former soldier has been sentenced to more than three years for conspiring to launder about $250,000 in bribes from Afghan contractors.
U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays Jr. sentenced 44-year-old Jimmy W. Dennis of Olive Branch, Mississippi, on Friday in Memphis. Dennis was also ordered to forfeit $115,000.
Prosecutors say Dennis helped steer contracts to certain Afghan vendors in Afghanistan. Prosecutors said he smuggled the money back to the U.S. hidden in packages addressed to his wife, his father and a former Army friend.
Dennis' father, 69-year-old Jerry W. Dennis of Horn Lake, Mississippi, was sentenced Friday to two years' probation, including six months of home confinement, and ordered to forfeit $110,000.
Dennis' former Army friend, 45-year-old James C. Pittman of Rossville, Georgia, was sentenced in September in Chattanooga to a year and ordered to forfeit $25,000.
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