WASHINGTON — A former Army reservist was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for conspiracy and money laundering involving Iraq reconstruction contracts.
Bruce Hopfengardner, 46, of Fredericksburg, Va., also was ordered to forfeit $144,500 and serve a term of three years of supervised release by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Hopfengardner, a former lieutenant colonel, while assigned to Coalition Provisional Authority-South Central Region, was among a group that conspired to rig bids on contracts so they would be awarded to Philip H. Bloom, according to a Justice Department press release.
In return, Bloom provided Hopfengardner and others with more than $1 million in cash, motor vehicles, jewelry, computers, business-class airline tickets, liquor, future employment with Bloom and other items of value.
In February, Bloom was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role in the scheme, while co-conspirator Robert Stein was sentenced in January to nine years in prison. Each was ordered to forfeit $3.6 million.
Also in February, Army Col. Curtis Whiteford, Lt. Cols. Debra Harrison and Michael Wheeler, and civilians Seymour Morris Jr. and William Driver were charged in a 25-count indictment with related charges including conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and others in connection with the scheme, according to the press release.