NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - An employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers charged with taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in
bribes from a construction company for projects in Iraq has been
released on bail.
John Alfy Salama Markus, a former central New Jersey resident, made an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Newark.
U.S. Magistrate Mark Falk ordered him released on $500,000 bond
secured by property.
Markus faces a conspiracy count and two money laundering counts.
The money laundering counts carry a 20-year maximum prison
sentence. He did not enter a plea Wednesday.
Also charged in the alleged scheme was Ahmed Nouri, vice president of a construction and engineering company seeking work in
Iraq. Nouri was still at large.
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