BY Robert Gearty
DAILY NEWS WRITER
A contractor for the Army pleaded guilty Thursday to accepting $200,000 in bribes to steer subcontracts to companies in Afghanistan.
Daniel Freeman, who worked for the Houston-based giant engineering KBR, said he accepted the payoffs from representatives of the Afghan-owned companies from 2007 to 2009.
He said he instructed others in how to wire the money back to New York to avoid detection.
"I did it that way to conceal the money," Freeman said in Manhattan Federal Court.
Freeman was employed by a U.S. company that provided logistics support to the Army in Afghanistan, such as providing meals, delivering mail and transporting supplies and equipment, according to court papers.
Freeman, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of accepting illegal gratuity payments and one count of money laundering.
He faces 51 to 63 months in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 18.