A former employee with International Relief and Development Inc., a government contractor, has pleaded guilty to charges of bribery in connection with a federal program and attempting to avoid currency transaction reporting requirements. The announcement was made this week by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
George Green, 57, of Carrollton Texas, admitted guilt before U.S. Magistrate Judge Don Bush of the Eastern District of Texas. The parties agreed to a stipulated sentence of 46 months in prison and a forfeiture of $51,000. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.
In connection with a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Agency for International Development and IRD to promote agricultural development in Afghanistan, Green served as IRD’s director of contracts, procurement and grants. According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, in March and April 2012, he solicited and received a $51,000 bribe from a representative of an Afghan company that produces agriculture-related products and sought subcontracts from IRD. He also admitted that between May and August 2012, after he returned to Texas, he attempted to conceal the bribe proceeds by conspiring with others to make deposits of less than $10,000 each into his bank and credit card accounts to circumvent the financial institutions’ mandatory cash reporting requirements.