Fayetteville couple charged in military bribery scheme

FORT BRAGG, NC (WITN) - A husband and wife are charged with stealing military property in a bribery scheme.

Morris Cooper, 62, of Fayetteville was charged with bribery and theft of government property. His wife, Beverly Cooper, 52, was charged with conspiring to steal government property and aiding and abetting Cooper to do so.

Officials say Cooper was working in the the Operations and Maintenance Division at Fort Bragg as a purchasing agent. He reportedly used his position to steer contracts for supplies to vendors in exchange for gifts and cash.

Officials say he raised the prices for items under those contracts to increase the profits for vendors and the cash payments for himself and his wife, totaling to $978,279.

If found guilty, Cooper could face up to 30 years in prison, while his wife could spend 15 years behind bars. In addition to prison time, the two could owe $250,000 in fines for each crime.