Defense Department fraud update

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Army major, his wife and a civilian contractor have pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges they
defrauded the Department of Defense.

Prosecutors said Thursday Eddie and Eurica Pressley were paid at
least $2.8 million in bribes, kickbacks paid by Georgia businessman
Terry Hall.

The Pressleys and Hall were indicted earlier this month. They charged them with 23 counts of bribery, honest services fraud, money laundering and monetary transactions in criminal proceeds.

Hall is accused of paying bribes to Eddie Pressley in exchange for Pressley making sure Hall was awarded government contracts. The
indictment says Hall got about $10 million on the contracts Eddie
Pressley procured for him during the time in question.

The Department of Defense paid Hall's companies $21 million,
which the government says is the result of fraud over three years.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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