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NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for military contracts at a North Carolina Army base. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina says Morris Cooper pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday.

According to an indictment, Cooper used his position as a purchasing agent at Fort Bragg to receive cash and gifts for both him and his wife, Beverley Cooper, from vendors in return for steering contracts for supplies to those vendors.

The Coopers were ordered to pay restitution of $6.3 million and to forfeit more than $1 million gained from the conspiracy.

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