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Conn. man sentenced for Kuwait kickback

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A contract manager at a U.S. Army base in Kuwait was sentenced in federal court in Connecticut for taking a kickback from a Kuwaiti vendor.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Barry S. Szafran, 49, of Jewett City accepted a round-trip airline ticket between Kuwait and Rhode Island from the vendor, the Hartford Courant reported Monday.

Szafran pleaded guilty previously to taking an illegal gratuity from a foreign supplier and was sentenced to a year of probation, the first four months in home confinement, the newspaper said.

Szafran was the civilian fire alarm manager at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, a government-owned base operated for the U.S. Army by a private contractor.

Prosecutors said in return for his recommendation that the Kuwaiti vendor receive a contract for fire alarm panels, Szafran received and used the airline ticket.

Szafran also provided the Kuwaiti vendor with information resulting in unfair advantages in other competitive bids, prosecutors said.

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