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Lejeune Marine pleads guilty to seeking bribes

Posted January 29, 2013

— A Camp Lejeune Marine pleaded guilty Tuesday to soliciting bribes from defense contractors while deployed in Iraq, authorities said.

Gunnery Sgt. Julio Arreola, 36, pleaded guilty to demanding and seeking a bribe. He is expected to be sentenced in May, when he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Arreola was assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Forces Headquarters Group, Engineer Company, at Camp Fallujah in Iraq, where he supervised construction projects. According to federal authorities, he solicited a bribe from Davut Construction and Services Co. sometime around June 2008, telling company officials that he would recommend the military buy goods from Davut in exchange for a kickback.

He told the company to inflate the prices it charged the Defense Department and give him the difference in cash, authorities said.

"It is disheartening when a military member abandons his code of conduct and violates a position of trust for personal enrichment," John Khin, special agent-in-charge of the Southeast Field Office of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, said in a statement.

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  • wayneboyd Jan 30, 4:31 p.m.

    Greed rules! He should run somewhere for public office.

  • itlsss Jan 30, 8:33 a.m.

    Treat the crooks in Washington to the same punishment. At least they aren't having to work in a war zone.

  • eoglane Jan 29, 6:21 p.m.

    Waste of air letting him breath. I retired from the Military, he is a total disgrace to all military and his family

  • justafella Jan 29, 5:00 p.m.

    Bust him all the way down to Private and Dishonorable Discharge to boot.

  • ftpc99 Jan 29, 4:54 p.m.

    Absolutely sickening. He deserves everything he gets.