NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A former purchasing agent at Fort Bragg has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for military contracts, according to a federal prosecutor's office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a news release that Morris Cooper, 63, pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday.

According to an indictment, Cooper used his position to receive cash and gifts for both him and his wife, Beverley Cooper, 53, from vendors in return for steering contracts for supplies to those vendors, the news release said.

Also, Morris Cooper occasionally inflated the prices for items under those contracts beyond market price, increasing profits to the vendor and cash payments to Cooper and/or his wife, according to the news release.

Beverley Cooper was charged with conspiring to steal government property and aiding and abetting her husband and was sentenced to five years probation. The couple had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal government property, and Morris Cooper also pleaded guilty to stealing government property.

The Coopers also were ordered to pay restitution of $6.3 million and to forfeit more than $1 million gained from the conspiracy, the news release said.

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.