Ex-Army employee from Nazareth sentenced for taking kickbacks

Posted: 4:44 PM EDT Mar 12, 2013

A former Army employee from Northampton County has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for pocketing nearly $4 million in kickbacks, federal prosecutors announced.

John Alfy Salama Markus, of Nazareth, worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq.

According to authorities, he took bribes from two men who worked with companies seeking U.S. contracts in Iraq. In exchange, Salama Markus provided them with confidential bid and pricing information.

The companies were awarded more than $50 million in contracts. 

Authorities said Salama Markus transferred the money from foreign banks to accounts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Officials said he built a $1.1 million house in Pennsylvania with the money. 

Salama Markus pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and failing to file a U.S. Treasury report.