A former colonel at Redstone Arsenal pleaded guilty April 20th to federal charges stemming from inflated contract payments for work on Russian-made helicopters bound for Afghanistan to be used by Afghan forces.
Now-retired Army Col. Norbert Vergez pleaded guilty today to two counts of false statements and one count of conflict of interest, in federal court in Tuscaloosa. No sentencing date has been set, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham said today.
U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said Vergez “placed his own financial ambitions and personal loyalties above his duties as a member of the armed forces.
“In doing so, he betrayed the U.S. Army values of honesty, integrity and selfless service, which are hallmarks of military service,” Vance said. “This prosecution highlights our commitment to hold responsible those who, by word and deed, corrupt the government contracting process.”
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