A U.S. Army colonel and his wife are accused of betraying their country to the tune of $20 million.
Prosecutors say that the duo, along with a defense contractor, engaged in complicated bribery schemes for nearly a decade.
If convicted, the traitors face a combined 110 years in jail.
Colonel Anthony Roper, his wife, and an ex-defense contractor allegedly accepted huge sums of money in exchange for granting Army contracts to select individuals and corporations.
The government was defrauded out of tens of millions.
Roper cared more about lining his pockets than he did about his honor. His family now faces utter disgrace and ruin.
The traitorous scheme began nine years ago while Roper was stationed at Fort Gordon in Georgia.
The colonel faces a whopping 85 years in prison and a $1.75 million fine. His wife, Audra, is facing fewer charges and can receive a maximum sentence of 25 years and $750,000 fine.
Contractor Dwayne Fulton faces the lightest sentence at 20 years and a $500,000 fine.
Audra operated a company called Quadar Group, which prosecutors claim was a shell company used to shield the bribes paid to her husband.
The men and women who join the military agree to uphold a high standard of conduct. They’re representing America.
Our safety is in their hands. That’s why soldiers who abuse their position are particularly despicable.
According to the Daily Mail: “The indictment further alleges that in an attempt to hide their bribery and fraud schemes, the Ropers and Fulton attempted to obstruct an official investigation into their criminal conduct.”
Here’s what prosecutors found. A retired Army colonel established a company called Communications, Research, Engineering, and Consultants Group (CREC) in 2008, hoping to obtain lucrative army contracts.
The colonel bribed Roper into granting him the desired contracts. The payments were funneled through Quadar Group.
Fulton’s role was to provide Army officials with false information obfuscating Roper’s crimes. The trio was so cunning that their scheme ran for nearly a decade.
Roper absolutely did not respect the uniform he was privileged to wear. A colonel is an honorable position.
“From 2008 through at least 2016, the indictment says, the group continued their conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Army and Army contractors. As part of their conspiracy, the defendants would fraudulently arrange for and use employees of other government contracting companies to perform the work awarded to CREC Group,” journalist Lois Norder wrote online.
The scandal comes as the media is concerned with another government traitor in Georgia, Reality Winner. Winner, 25, fed classified information to the press.
Reporters uncovered Winner’s past writing this week and found that she expressed a desire to “burn down the White House” and “join Kurdistan.”
American traitors are almost worse than Middle Eastern jihadists. A Muslim suicide bomber may feel that, in some sick way, his actions are connecting him to his group.
Traitors like Roper, however, are clearly just acting for themselves. His sole motivation was money. His greed was so strong that he was willing to abandon his morals.
“The indictment further alleges that in an attempt to hide their bribery and fraud schemes, the Defendants attempted to obstruct an official investigation into their criminal conduct,” a news release states.
“In addition, from November 2007 to December 2015, the suspects provided internal, confidential and proprietary information about the Army and government contractors to outside sources.”
The investigation has been underway for the past two years. Army officials refused to say what triggered their suspicion. Roper and his associates were crafty enough to hide their machinations for almost a decade.
The local Fox affiliate reports that: “Although they have been indicted, they are still entitled to a fair trial where guilt will have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This investigation is ongoing and has been led by Special Agent Preston T. Johnson of the U. S. Army, Criminal Investigations Division…”