March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

Former Navy noncommissioned officer Donald P. Bunch was sentenced to 24 months in prison for accepting cash bribes from vendors while he served in Afghanistan.  According to the plea agreement, Bunch worked as a U.S. Navy E8 senior chief at the Humanitarian Assistance Yard at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.  The HA Yard purchased supplies from local Afghan vendors for use as part of the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, which enabled U.S. military commanders to respond to urgent humanitarian relief requirements in Afghanistan.  Bunch admitted accepting roughly $25,000 in bribes from the vendors for securing for them more frequent and lucrative contracts.  Bunch sent greeting cards stuffed with proceeds of the bribes to his wife and used the money to pay for the construction of a new home.  DOJ

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