Army Sergeant First Class Sentenced For Bribery Charges
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced ROBERT WARREN GREEN, 46, of Wade, North Carolina, to 10 months of imprisonment and 1 year of supervised release. The Court further ordered GREEN to pay $45,000.00 in restitution and the forfeiture of criminal proceeds in the same amount.
On April 27, 2015, GREEN pled guilty to demanding, seeking, and receiving gratuities.
According to the Criminal Information and information in the public record, between January, 2008 and April, 2009, while deployed to Afghanistan, Sergeant First Class GREEN was assigned to a Movement Control Team (MCT) and responsible for logistics and transportation, including the administration of Transportation Movement Requests (TMRs). TMRs are the means by which a military unit in the field submits a request for logistics support and the transport of military items from one location to another across Afghanistan, including food, fuel, equipment, and other supplies.
Beginning sometime in January 2008, Green sought and received $45,000 in cash from an Afghan national who was, at the time, the owner of an Afghan trucking company, and who was seeking contracts through the TMR process. In exchange for the $45,000, Green facilitated the award of TMRs to that Afghan trucking company. In fact, Green caused to be awarded at least 40 TMRs worth approximately $3 million to that company.
“It is especially disappointing when a service member violates the position he is entrusted with by putting his profit above his mission. The FBI and our investigative partners will work tirelessly to bring those to justice who misuse government resources designated to benefit those who sacrifice for our country,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina.
John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction stated, "The vast majority of the men and women of our armed forces possess the integrity and trust that the United States has learned to expect. There is a small percentage that betrays that trust. Sadly, Green represents that small percentage."
“Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin, Southeast Field Office, commented, "It is disheartening when a military member abandons his code of conduct and violates a position of trust for personal enrichment. The DCIS investigates fraud and corruption that undermines the integrity of the Department of Defense. We continue to aggressively investigate violators to preserve precious American taxpayer dollars and better support our Warfighters serving honorably and selflessly in Southwest Asia."
"We will not tolerate this type of criminal behavior in our ranks - period, " said Frank Robey, the director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's Major Procurement Fraud Unit. "We will continue to aggressively pursue those who attempt to steal, commit bribery, or receive kickbacks while employed by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Government."
The case was investigated by the Defense Criminal Investigation Service (DCIS), Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Banumathi Rangarajan of the Eastern District of North Carolina and DOJ Criminal Fraud Section Trial Attorney Wade Weems, on detail from SIGAR.