Slidell businessman sentenced for kickback plot

UPDATE: Slidell businessman Mark McCabe sentenced 10 months in prison for taking kickbacks related to government contracts in Afghanistan. Watch FOX 8 News at noon for more information.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Slidell businessman who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a subcontractor on a military construction project in Afghanistan is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

Elton McCabe III faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentences him Thursday for his guilty plea 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.

Before he was charged in the scheme, McCabe was detained in South Sudan on charges he kidnapped an Indian businessman. U.S. Sen. David Vitter campaigned for McCabe's release last year.

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