Bottled Water Bribery; Army Officers & Kuwati Companies Sued

DoJ has announced a civil lawsuit against former Army officers John Cockerham Jr. and James Momon Jr. and Kuwaiti companies Green Valley Co., Palm Springs General Trading and Contracting Establishment, and Jireh Springs General Trading and Contracting Establishment. The suit alleges that the companies paid Cockerham and Momon in order to get lucrative contracts to supply bottled water, tents and wastewater removal services from Kuwaiti-based Army camps. The contracts were awarded Blanket Purchase Agreements, a simplified acquisition method that federal agencies use to fill anticipated repetitive needs for supplies or services. Both of the former Army officers previously pleaded guilty to related crimes and await sentencing.

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