Ex-US Army employee Young Beom Kim accused of receiving $400k in kickbacks from military contractors


Young Beom Kim, 62, is a native of South Korea and a citizen of the United States. From May 2017 to August 2021, he was a civilian employee for the U.S. Army.

Primarily, Kim served as chief of the Design Branch for the Directorate of Public Works at Army Garrison Yongsan/Casey (USAG-Y/C) in Seoul, South Korea. He was responsible for overseeing construction contracts at the army garrison, which is located near the North Korean border.


Kim is accused of making sure contracts for equipment designed to protect U.S. Army personnel from an attack went to companies that had paid him kickbacks. He allegedly received kickbacks from a South Korea-based supplier of parts manufactured by U.S. and Chinese companies.

In another instance, Kim allegedly received $12,074 in kickbacks from a supplier of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment for a $1 million contract to repair a gymnasium at a U.S. Army camp. The supplier is based in the U.S.


In total, Kim allegedly received $400,000 in kickbacks from military contractors. The former U.S. Army employee was arrested, federal prosecutors in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA announced on May 15, 2023.

After a brief appearance in federal court in Manhattan, Kim was released on $250,000 bond to home detention with family in New Jersey, USA. He pleaded not guilty to bribery, money laundering and six counts of honest services wire fraud.

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