Retired Sergeant Major admits to accepting bribes, disclosing sensitive information

Spc. Derrick Penninger, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division fires his M240B machine gun during Operation Raider Pillage April 24 on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in preparation for the Bronco Brigades upcoming exercise, Bronco Rumble. The IED lanes are used with virtual systems simultaneously to complete full motion exercises. U.S. Army. photo by 1st Lt. Garrett Nash

A former US Army range operations manager at Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks admitted to accepting bribes and disclosing sensitive procurement information, according to the Department of Justice.

Franklin Raby pleaded guilty before a US District Judge on Thursday to an offense that may land him half a decade in prison.

A retired Sergeant Major who left the Army in 2004, Raby served as a range operations manager for the US Army Hawaii Range Division at Schofield Barracks from May 2006 to May 2018.

During his time in Hawaii, Raby accepted thousands of dollars in bribes and even accepted a 1969 Ford Galaxie and custom rifle, all so a federal contractor could get the Army’s business and sensitive information on procurement processes.

The US Army has been tight-lipped on the matter, but seems adamant to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

US Army Hawaii is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards and fully supports the thorough investigation and prosecution of suspected cases of fraud, waste or abuse,” the Army told the Stars and Stripes in a statement. “US Army Hawaii will continue to support the efforts of the Army Criminal Investigation Command, the US Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the FBI in their investigation of this case.”

Raby is to be sentenced in August.

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