Man returned to US by Iraq in military bribery case is sentenced in Ohio to prison, $1M fine

Associated Press

A man extradited from Iraq in a military contract bribery case has been sentenced in Ohio to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Metin Atilan (MEH'-tin AT'-il-ahn) also was fined $1 million and given five years' probation.

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Atilan pleaded guilty to three counts earlier this year. Under a plea agreement, he could have received more than five years in prison on charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The dual U.S.-Turkish citizen originally was accused of conspiring to pay bribes and kickbacks to get supply contracts associated with U.S. military operations in and around Iraq.

He was arrested in 2008 in Las Vegas. Prosecutors say he cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet and fled to Turkey. He later was arrested in Iraq.