Halliburton Contractor Arrested for Alleged Bribery Attempt

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2005 — -- A contractor who works for Halliburton in Iraq was arrested Thursday in Tampa for allegedly attempting to bribe Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at Tampa Seaport in Florida, an ICE official tells ABC News.

The man, Eugene Wyatt Baker, has worked as a driver of jet fuel trucks in Iraq.

Returning from a Mexican cruise, the contractor and his fiancée, also a government contractor, were stopped by customs officials for questioning "400 pills of an unknown prescription medication" that officials said they were bringing into the country.

After learning the two were contractors for U.S. Central Command, ICE agents contacted CENTCOM headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. CENTCOM told ICE to confiscate the pair's military contractor IDs.

The male contractor then allegedly asked ICE agents what it would take to make this incident go away. Officials say he then offered a $1,000 bribe to the ICE agent. The agent asked the pair to meet for lunch.

According to an ICE official, the ICE agent got approval to wear a microphone. During the meeting, officials say the Halliburton contractor offered the ICE agent a bribe and handed him $1,000. The contractor was arrested and is expected to be charged with bribery. His fiancée was released and has sought counsel.