Former Schofield Army range director pleads guilty in bribery scandal

Former Schofield Army range director pleads guilty in bribery scandal
(Source: HNN File)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -A former U.S. Army range director has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and a firearms violation in federal court Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Justice says 67-year-old Victor Garo of Mililani admitted to accepting over $100,000 in bribes to steer federal contracts worth more than $18 million to a specific contractor.

Garo was also guilty of illegally transporting firearms across state lines.

According to court documents and U.S. Attorney Kenji Price, between 2011 and 2018, Garo was the range director at Schofield Barracks when he accepted the bribes from an employee of a federal contractor that sought business from the U.S. Army.

Bribes included cash, automobiles, and firearms, officials say.

Garo is the third public official to plead guilty as a result of an ongoing investigation into fraud and bribery at Schofield Barracks.

His sentencing is set for March next year before Chief U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright.

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