Another former U.S. Army official has been charged in connection with bribery at Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks.

Victor Garo, a range operations supervisor in charge of the entire staff who also oversaw procurement, faces federal criminal charges relating to bribery and unlawfully bringing guns into Hawaii.

The former supervisor is also accused of conspiring with others to conceal the alleged bribery. Franklin Raby, also a former operations supervisor, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in May.

Garo allegedly provided proprietary internal U.S. Department of Defense information to a Maine-based contractor in exchange for bribes, including jewelry, firearms, travel expenses and cash, according to court documents filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hawaii.

He also deleted a folder on his computer to try to hide the conspiracy and falsely certified compliance with government rules and regulations on conflicts of interest, the complaint said.

The contractor, which Raby went to work for after he retired from his U.S. Army post in 2018, was awarded multiple Department of Defense contracts that amounted to at least $19 million.

The federal government is looking to seize through forfeiture a dozen guns, a diamond ring and a Harley Davidson motorcycle as part of its investigation into Garo.

Garo worked at Schofield Barracks for 19 years between January 2000 and March 2019. At one point, as the most senior supervisor for the range, he oversaw 83 employees and had access to sensitive government information.

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