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Ex-Marine sentenced to four months in prison for laundering bribes

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 8:40 a.m. HST, Mar 24, 2012

A former Marine living and working on Hawaii island is going to jail for four months for helping a friend launder $150,000 the friend collected in bribes in 2006 to 2008 while working as a contracting officer in Iraq for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Francisco Mungia III must also repay the government the $30,000 he collected as his 20 percent cut and spend eight months on electronically monitored home confinement following his jail term.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway said Friday that she imposed a jail term lower than the 18-24 months suggested by advisory federal court sentencing guidelines and less than the six months recommended by the federal prosecutor in recognition of Mungia's substantial assistance to investigators and his continued service to others.

After the money laundering was over Mungia obtained a nursing degree and got a job as a registered nurse at Kona Community Hospital.


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