Slidell businessman gets jail time for kickbacks
NEW ORLEANS - A Slidell businessman who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a subcontractor on a military construction project in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison.
Elton McCabe III pleaded guilty in May to a conspiracy charge.
McCabe worked in Afghanistan for an American company that provided construction services to the U.S. military. Federal prosecutors say he awarded a $3.2 million subcontract to an alleged co-conspirator's company in 2009 in exchange for $60,000 in kickbacks.
U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown also ordered on Thursday that McCabe forfeit $60,000.
Before he was charged in the scheme, McCabe was detained in South Sudan on charges he kidnapped an Indian businessman.
McCabe was ordered to report to prison on Oct. 15.