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Georgia Army Bribery Probe

ATLANTA (AP) _ A federal grand jury has accused a civilian
contractor from Georgia of trying to bribe an Army official in
Kuwait to win millions of dollars in business with the military.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Terry Hall of Fairburn had
companies that received more than 20 million dollars in military
contracts. But they say he delivered or transferred hundreds of
thousands of dollars to at least one Army official to get the
business.

In an Atlanta hearing today, a U.S. prosecutor said new evidence
suggests Hall made more than 2.5 million in bribe payments and
there may be charges in the near future superseding an indictment
was disclosed today in Washington.

Hall, who has not yet filed a plea, will remain in custody until
another hearing in Washington. He has been linked to into Army
Major John L. Cockerham.

Prosecutors allege that Cockerham, along with his wife and
sister, took at least 9.6 million in bribes in 2004 and 2005 while
Cockerham was a contract officer stationed in Kuwait.

Hall's attorneys said they were surprised by their client's
recent arrest. They said in 2005 Hall testified before a grand jury
in Chicago as a government witness in a procurement fraud case.
Attorney Paul Kish says the former Army sergeant was overseas --
mainly in Kuwait -- from 2002 until he moved to Georgia in August.


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