12 Feb 2007

Samoan soldier pleads guilty to bribery in connection wtih Kuwaiti company

11:54 am on 12 February 2007

A Samoan soldier, based in Hawai'i, has entered a guilty plea to federal charges including bribery involving a food service contract, while he was stationed in the Middle East.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Peleti "Pete" Peleti Jr. is accused by the federal government of taking a 50 thousand US dollar bribe to steer a food service contract to a Kuwaiti company in 2005.

He is also charged with attempting to smuggle about 40 thousand US dollars in undeclared cash into the United States on a flight from Kuwait.

During an initial court appearance at the federal court in Rock Island, Illinois, the defendant pleaded guilty under a plea agreement with U.S. prosecutors.

He will be sentenced June 15th.