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Military: Marine took bribes from Iraqi contractors

Posted June 24, 2010

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— The federal government wants to seize four vehicles from a Camp Lejeune Marine that authorities say accepted at least $500,000 in bribes from contractors while stationed in Iraq.

Master Sgt. Terence Walton was convicted in a court-martial last month of bribery, graft and failure to obey a direct order.

Walton was a contract specialist in Fallujah for the Marine Corps' 2nd Supply Battalion from February 2005 to January 2006. He was responsible for awarding and managing contracts for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fellow Marines and Iraqi vendors told investigators with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service that Walton extorted money in exchange for awarding contracts for paving and construction services. One vendor gave him a Visa card loaded with $50,000 for not penalizing his firm for repeatedly missing deadlines on a contract, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

Authorities said the contracts Walton awarded exceeded government cost estimates by up to 479 percent.

The DCIS has asked a judge to seize a 2004 BMW 325i, 1998 Mercedes CLK320, a 2003 Ford Excursion and a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse, alleging that they were purchased with money Walton obtained through the bribes.


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  • RUSTYROVER Jun 25, 2010

    Terance Walton for President 2012 !

  • workingforthosethatwont Jun 25, 2010

    he's just building his resume' for congress.

  • gmdavis12012 Jun 24, 2010

    HE needs to be discharged from the military immediately and go into politics !

  • imdicktrickle Jun 24, 2010

    What a shame. What about the hundreds of millions in cash that was to be paid to the contractors and workers?

  • ericeric99 Jun 24, 2010

    reallydude......... is that the best you can do with 500k, buy junk cars? The real problem lies with the person overseeing the invoices above him who was obveously asleep at the wheel. 400+% equals alot more than $500k somebody else is involved.

  • Adelinthe Jun 24, 2010

    A Master Sergeant, and no one above him was responsible for signing off on what he signed?

    Very odd!

    God bless.