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Dad pleads guilty to helping Army son with bribes

  • The Associated Press
  • Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.

— Federal prosecutors say the father of a former soldier has pleaded guilty to helping his son launder $250,000 in bribes from contractors in Afghanistan.

The U.S. attorney's office in Memphis says 68-year-old Jerry Dennis of Horn Lake, Mississippi, pleaded guilty Wednesday to money laundering conspiracy. He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing scheduled on Nov. 20.

Dennis' son, former Army 1st Sgt. Jimmy Dennis of Clarksville, and another former soldier, James C. Pittman of Rossville, Georgia, pleaded guilty in May to accepting money in exchange for steering work to favored Afghan contractors.

Prosecutors said Jimmy Dennis sent his father a hope chest containing about $100,000 in cash. Jerry Dennis deposited the money into his bank account, and both father and son used the funds for personal items.

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