A U.S. Army Major Ulysses S. Hicks of Sumter pleaded guilty Thursday to taking thousands of dollars in bribes from contractors while he was a captain deployed to Iraq.
Hicks was a pay agent for field ordering office funds. His job was to purchase miscellaneous items and supplies such as paint, lumber and plywood from local vendors. According to court documents, Hicks and an accomplice sought illegal gratuities for helping Iraqi contractors gain U.S. government contracts.
At sentencing, Hicks faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release. He must also pay restitution.