Former US major to admit bribes in Iraq

A former U.S. Army major is expected to plead guilty Monday to federal charges, The Austin American-Statesman reported. He allegedly received more than $200,000 in bribes.

Former US major to admit bribes in Iraq
A former U.S. Army major who handled contracting at a base in Iraq sent envelopes of cash home, his former housemate said.

John Allen Rivard is expected to plead guilty Monday to federal charges, The Austin American-Statesman reported. He allegedly received more than $200,000 in bribes.

Pete Walker, who shared a house in Georgetown, Texas, with Rivard, told the newspaper he began getting envelopes stuffed with cash soon after Rivard went to Iraq in 2004. Rivard was acting chief of contracting at Camp Anaconda.

"He sent worlds of money home to a lot of friends," Walker said. "Most of the time, there wasn't even a note. It was just envelopes that showed up with money in them."

Rivard was already under investigation when he retired from the Army in September 2005, Walker said.

Wade Russell, Rivard's lawyer, described his client as a "patriotic loyal soldier."

"He took his duties seriously and on Monday will admit he's made some mistakes along the way," Russell said.

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