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Michael Brian Wheeler

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Lieutenant Colonel Michael Brian Wheeler is a United States Army Reserve officer who served in Iraq during the Coalition Provisional Authority occupation. He was subsequently charged with fraud and accepting bribes.[1] According to The New York Times Wheeler was caught with hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally smuggled from Iraq.[2]

Wheeler, another officer, Lieutenant Colonel Debra Harrison and a CPA Comptroller named Robert Stein Jr. were accused of accepting bribes from Philip Bloom in return for awarding construction contracts.[3]

He was sentenced to 42 months in prison in January 2010.[4] Stein received 9 years, Bloom received 46 months in 2007; and Harrison received 30 months in prison in 2009.[4]


  1. "Officer charged in scheme to rig bids: He's also accused in looting of funds to rebuild Iraq". San Francisco Chronicle. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2020-12-28. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. James Glanz (2005-12-02). "Army Officer Charged in Iraq Investigation". The New York Times. p. A11. Retrieved 2020-12-28. A United States Army officer was charged yesterday with smuggling hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen cash from Iraq and using some of it to buy machine guns, grenade launchers and other illegal arms that were later found in a garage in North Carolina. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Reservist Arrested in Iraqi Graft Case". Los Angeles Times. Washington, DC. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2020-12-28. Wheeler was on active duty in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, working with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Hillah, according to the complaint and accompanying affidavit. Responsible for developing contracts for reconstruction and soliciting bids, he used his position to rig contract awards for Bloom, the affidavit says. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Office of the Attorney General (22 January 2010). "Former U.S. Army Officer Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Bribery and Weapons Conspiracy". www.justice.gov (Press release).

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