A Samoan soldier, based in Hawai'i, has entered a guilty plea to federal charges including bribery involving a food service contract, while he was stationed in the Middle East.
Army Chief Warrant Officer Peleti "Pete" Peleti Jr. is accused by the federal government of taking a 50 thousand US dollar bribe to steer a food service contract to a Kuwaiti company in 2005.
He is also charged with attempting to smuggle about 40 thousand US dollars in undeclared cash into the United States on a flight from Kuwait.
During an initial court appearance at the federal court in Rock Island, Illinois, the defendant pleaded guilty under a plea agreement with U.S. prosecutors.
He will be sentenced June 15th.