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U.S. Postal Worker Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes

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A purchasing specialist with the U.S. Postal Service has pleaded guilty to accepting at least $40,000 in bribes in a scheme designed to help a Maryland company get $6 million in contracts," reports the Associated Press.

Gene Quarles, 47, of Spotsylvania, pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official in federal court in Alexandria. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Court documents show Quarles regularly received cash payments between 2010 and 2012 from the owners of AH Computer Consulting, Inc. in Rockville, Md. On at least one occasion, Quarles received $3,500 cash in a brown paper bag.

In exchange, he provided inside information that helped the consulting company land two contracts totaling $6 million. Court records show that that company has been awarded $31 million in contracts from the postal service since 2006.

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