Eurica Pressley, 39, was sentenced today in Birmingham, Ala., to 72 months in prison for her participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins for the Northern District of Alabama also ordered Pressley to serve three years of supervised release following the prison term and to forfeit $21 million as well as real estate and several automobiles, jointly with her husband, Eddie Pressley. On Jan. 5, 2012, Eddie Pressley, was sentenced to 144 months in prison. He also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release.
“Eurica Pressley helped her husband and others facilitate a wide-ranging bribery and money laundering scheme by hiding ill-gotten gains and creating phony paperwork to help conceal the conspirators’ crimes,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “Through the determined efforts of our agents and prosecutors, 17 individuals have now been brought to justice for their role in this multi-million-dollar bribery scheme.”
“While our military was working to set up government contracts to support U.S. efforts in Iraq, Eurica Pressley and her husband set up shell companies to hide illegal proceeds of a scheme that defrauded the U.S. government,” said James McJunkin, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who commit fraud, no matter where it occurs, will be held accountable for their actions.”
“The American public places special trust and confidence in our service members and those who provide them with vital supplies to carry out their mission,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Craig for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Mid-Atlantic Field Office. “It is an affront to our hard working military members, civilians and contractors when a member of this department and his associates allow personal gain to criminally subvert the best interests of our troops. DCIS, working with our law enforcement partners, will continue to aggressively seek out such criminal behavior and bring those responsible to justice.”
“This sentencing demonstrates our firm commitment to hold accountable those who commit fraud against our government,” said Major General David E. Quantock, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). “Special agents from our Major Procurement Fraud Unit, along with those from other federal law enforcement agencies, are unwavering in their commitment to seek out and hold responsible all those who attempt to defraud the U.S. Army and the American taxpayer. During the last 10 years alone, Army CID special agents have been instrumental in recovering and returning $2.1 billion to the U.S. Treasury.”