Beaverton man gets prison in Iraq contract case

Kenneth Apple gets 50 months, must pay nearly $2 million in restitution

A gavel is shown in a U.S. courtroom (AP)
A gavel is shown in a U.S. courtroom (AP)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former State Department employee has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for helping to steer $2 million in government contracts to a company half-owned by his son.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced Friday that 65-year-old Kenneth Apple of Beaverton, Oregon, was sentenced to 50 months in prison and ordered to pay about $1.9 million in restitution.

Prosecutors say Kenneth Apple also provided non-public information to his son Jonathan Apple, enabling him to win the contracts for micro-dairies to be used in Iraq.

Apple’s listed attorney didn’t immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Friday.