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State Department staffer accused of taking bribes from Turkish firm

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A State Department staff member took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Turkish construction firm whose contracts he oversaw, prosecutors in Alexandria federal court said Friday.

An indictment unsealed Thursday accuses Zaldy N. Sabino of conspiracy, bribery, honest services wire fraud and making false statements.

According to the indictment, Sabino helped steer millions of dollars in contracts to the Turkish company, which is unnamed in the indictment, between 2012 and 2016. During the same period, he paid down his debts with more than half a million dollars in cash and withdrew $239,300 directly from the owner of the Turkish company’s bank account, prosecutors said.

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