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Soldiers plead guilty to bribery for contract in Afghanistan

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:08 a.m. HST, Aug 2, 2011

Two former Schofield Barracks soldiers scheduled to go to trial today on bribery, conspiracy and money laundering charges involving a $20 million military contract in Afghanistan pleaded guilty Monday in federal court.

Retired Army Sgt. Charles O. Finch pleaded guilty to one count each of bribery and conspiracy while Sgt. Maj. Gary O. Canteen pleaded guilty to one count of bribery.

Both face up to five years in prison for the bribery while Finch faces up to 15 years for the conspiracy.

In exchange for their guilty pleas prosecutors promised to drop the money laundering charges.

Finch has also agreed to repay the Department of Defense $200,000 while Canteen has agreed to pay $50,000 in restitution.

The two men admitted conspiring to steer a DOD trucking and transportation services contract in 2004 that was ultimately worth more than $20 million to a certain contractor in exchange for the bribes. 

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