Indiana businessman sentenced in S. Korea bribery scam
August 20, 2003
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — An Indiana businessman was sentenced to two years in prison last week for involvement in a scam that also sent an Army colonel to prison for accepting $900,000 in bribes from South Korean construction companies.
Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler also fined Richard L. Carlisle $5,000 on Aug. 11 in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif. Carlisle was charged with two counts of illegally obtaining bid proposal information before a computer services contract was awarded.
Col. Richard J. Moran headed Contracting Command Korea. According to the indictment, Moran directed Ronald A. Parrish — the command’s Contract Support Division chief — to give bid information to Carlisle, who then would modify his own bid.
Parrish, convicted of two counts of illegally disclosing contractor bids, has yet to be sentenced.
Moran, of Maine, was sentenced June 9 to 4½ years in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for favoring certain companies that bid on projects for U.S. bases. As commander of the contracting section, he was in charge of 140 people and oversaw 17,000 contracts worth more than $310 million annually.
His wife, Gina Cha Moran, was sentenced June 9 to two years’ probation for pleading guilty to one count of making a false statement.
When Army Criminal Investigation Command agents raided the Morans’ Yongsan home in January 2002, they found more than $700,000 in cash. The Justice Department said the money came from two South Korean companies — Aulson and Sky Construction Company Ltd. and IBS Industries Company Ltd. — in exchange for favoritism.
Moran, who headed CCK from July 2001 to January 2002, was suspended following the raid on his home.
Seoul prosecutors charged Chong Kyu-chun, president of Aulson and Sky Construction Company Ltd., with bribery. He was convicted last August and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
According to a U.S. federal indictment, Chong’s company paid $50,000 to Moran and his wife for a contract to improve Osan Air Base family housing, $200,000 for a Camp Carroll construction contract and $150,000 for an Area I construction contract.
Joseph Kang Hur was sentenced to three years’ probation for pleading guilty to one count of bribery. An indictment alleged that Hur, of Anaheim Hills, Calif., helped collect bribes and deliver them to Moran.
Federal prosecutors said Ku Woong-seo, chief executive officer of IBS Industries Company Ltd., paid Hur $20,000 in cash and several checks in South Korean won, half of which was give to Moran.
IBS was awarded $14 million of a $112 million contract to provide uniformed security guards at U.S. military bases in South Korea, according to the indictment.