Oct 27, 2010 7:15 PM by Greg Boyce

Pueblo man pleads guilty on bribery charges

DENVER (AP) - An Army officer who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait has pleaded guilty to bribery for accepting money and items in exchange for awarding Army contracts.

The U.S. attorney's office in Colorado says 45-year-old Maj. Roderick Sanchez of Pueblo pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of bribery. He was accused of accepting money, Rolex watches and other items totaling about $200,000 in value from 2004 through 2007.

Federal officials say Sanchez's duties as a contracting officer included reviewing bids and awarding contracts and that he admitted steering contracts to foreign  companies that gave him bribes. He is stationed at Fort Carson.

Sanchez faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Jan. 19.


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