updated 8/17/2009 6:21:03 PM ET 2009-08-17T22:21:03

A U.S. Army captain has been charged with accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes while he was stationed in Iraq to steer more than $500,000 in contracts.

The charges were filed Monday against 38-year-old Bryant Williams, of Clarksville, Tenn.

An indictment in federal court in Manhattan says Williams accepted the bribes while he was in Baghdad from 2005 to 2006.

Williams was released on $50,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to mail fraud and bribery. Defense attorney David Greenfield says Williams served two tours in Iraq during a 17-year Army career and that his record was unblemished.

Authorities released neither the names of the alleged bribers nor the contractors. Authorities say the contracts were for a range of projects, from copiers to construction.

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