US government contractor admits kickbacks in Afghanistan projects

US government contractor admits kickbacks in Afghanistan projects

WASHINGTON - A *former government contractor pleaded guilty Monday to accepting illegal kickbacks from an Afghan company in exchange for assistance in obtaining US government subcontracts, the Department of Justice said.*

According to a Washington Times report, Christopher McCray, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of accepting illegal kickbacks. He entered his plea before US District Judge Mark H. Cohen of the Northern District of Georgia.

McCray will be sentenced on June 14.

The Washington Times reported McCray admitted he managed subcontracts for an American company that moved cargo for the Army and Air Force from Bagram Airfield to military bases throughout Afghanistan .

When the contractor needed McCray to take a bigger role in the distribution, he could influence the choice of subcontractor picked for the job, the Justice Department said.

McCray's employer eventually entered into an agreement with an Afghan company that secretly agreed to give McCray 15 percent of the revenues in kickbacks, court documents alleged.

McCray admitted that he received secret payments from December 2012 to May 2014 and that he and the Afghan trucking company maintained separate invoices so the deal could not be detected.