An Egyptian-born man with Lehigh Valley ties has admitted to taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks related to war projects in Iraq.

John Alfy Salama Markus has pleaded guilty to three counts of a 54-count indictment.

He was a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee who worked in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Prosecutors say he took $3.7 million in bribes and kickbacks.

They say he used some of that money to build a house in Nazareth.

Two other employees and two other foreign contractors were also charged.