Former Navy NCO Sentenced For Accepting Bribes While Serving In Afghanistan

March 30, 2016

A former Navy noncommissioned officer was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for accepting approximately $25,000 in cash bribes from vendors while he served in Afghanistan.

Donald P. Bunch, 46, of Pace was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida, who also ordered Bunch to pay a $5,000 fine and to forfeit $25,000.  Bunch previously pleaded guilty to accepting bribes.

Bunch was responsible for replenishing food and supplies at the HA Yard and for selecting vendors from a pre-determined list to provide the necessary items, according to his plea.  In connection with his guilty plea, Bunch admitted that his predecessor had instructed him to rotate among the vendors.

According to admissions made in connection with his plea agreement, certain Afghan vendors offered money for the purpose of influencing their contracts.  Bunch admitted that he accepted a total of approximately $25,000 in bribes from the vendors and as a result, he secured on their behalf more frequent and lucrative contracts.  Bunch sent greeting cards stuffed with proceeds of the bribes to his wife and used the money to pay for the construction of a new home.


4 Responses to “Former Navy NCO Sentenced For Accepting Bribes While Serving In Afghanistan”

  1. GOP on March 30th, 2016 8:14 pm

    @Rick. Bribes are legal for our elected officials. We just call them campaign contributions.

  2. Anne on March 30th, 2016 6:40 pm

    This is so sad. Nothing is worth losing a career like that. I feel sorry for his family too.

  3. No Excuses on March 30th, 2016 3:01 pm

    @Rick – maybe the government officials aren’t caught as often as they should be, but I’ve known of several in the prison where I work – convicted for bribes, kickbacks, etc. From the Federal to the State and County levels. So, they do end up in prison, sometimes.

  4. Rick on March 30th, 2016 8:10 am

    Only if our government officials were held to the same standards, but they just get a slap on the wrist.

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