Official named in bribery case is no longer at AAFES
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — H. Lee Holloway, a longtime Army and Air Force Exchange Service employee under investigation in connection with bribery allegations stemming from his tenure at Osan Air Base, is no longer employed by the organization, Stars and Stripes learned this week.
Holloway’s nearly 17 years of AAFES employment ended Jan. 11, officials at the AAFES headquarters in Dallas told Stripes on Tuesday.
But they said privacy rules barred them from disclosing why Holloway’s employment ended.
Repeated efforts to reach Holloway for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Holloway was AAFES general manager at Fort Benning, Ga., at the time his employment concluded. Before that, he was AAFES general manager at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek from June 2000 through August 2005.
While at Osan, Holloway was a high-profile senior AAFES official known around the base community for his dapper appearance, affable demeanor and flair for marketing and promotion that led some military officers to nickname him “ ‘Hollywood’ Holloway.”
He and AAFES official Clifton W. Choy are under investigation by the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations for allegations that the pair received bribes from a South Korean businessman to enable his company to do a lucrative business supplying private Internet and phone service to U.S. military installations on the peninsula. The company is Samsung Rental Corp. Ltd., also known as SSRT.
South Korean prosecutors say the businessman, Jeong Gi-hwan, paid Choy $100,000 to help SSRT get the contract.
And they accuse Jeong of later paying Holloway $68,000 in bribes to shield SSRT from possible adverse actions by AAFES over customer complaints of poor service and price gouging.
The alleged bribes were in the form of cash and entertainment, according to South Korean authorities.
Choy is currently services program manager at AAFES’ Pacific headquarters on Camp Foster, Okinawa.
Jeong’s lawyers have said he is innocent.
Holloway and Choy have declined to discuss the case.
SSRT has denied that it has provided substandard service or engaged in price gouging.
OSI officials have said agents are in the final stage of their investigation into the bribery allegations involving Holloway and Choy.
AAFES has pledged “the full spectrum” of corrective measures if the bribery allegations prove founded.
Holloway presided over several major AAFES projects at Osan, most notably construction of the base’s $26 million mall, the U.S. military’s biggest shopping center in South Korea, which opened in November 2004.