Ex-State Department Official Charged With Allegedly Taking A Bribe

Bloomberg on October 16, 2012 released the following:

“By Phil Milford

A former U.S. State Department official was arrested by the FBI and accused of taking a $30,000 bribe linked to renovation of a prison in Afghanistan, according to papers unsealed in federal court in Delaware.

Kenneth Michael Brophy, who supervised Afghan contractors in renovation of the Pol-i-Charki Prison in Kabul, was charged with receipt of an illegal gratuity by a public official and willful receipt by an executive branch employee of a payment for assisting the contractor, Katherine Arden, a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent, said in court papers.

“There is probable cause to believe that Brophy accepted an illegal $30,000 payment” from the unidentified Afghan firm in exchange for “lobbying” the Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of a company contract appeal, Arden wrote.

Brophy, a civil and structural engineer, worked for the State Department from 2008 to 2010, according to Arden. He was arrested last week when he traveled to Delaware to attend a relative’s wedding, and was released pending trial, according to court papers.

During an investigation, Brophy told authorities the alleged cash bribe was actually “slipped” into his coat pocket and he “did not notice the money” until he returned to his billet in the U.S. Embassy, Arden wrote.

Brophy claimed his wife in Dubai gave him $50,000 and that there was about $500,000 in cash and collectible stamps stored in a relative’s basement in Delaware, the agent said.

Federal agents found $29,000 in cash when they searched his Kabul quarters, Arden said.

Brophy’s lawyer, Edmund D. Lyons Jr., didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the charges.

The case is USA v. Brophy, 1:12-mj-00171, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).”


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