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US oilman accused of bribing Jordan official to win contract

Lawsuit alleges Floridian wired millions to mystery man in Jordanian intelligence agency

by Penn Bullock at MSNBC.com  April 20, 2011

Harry Sargeant III, center, looks on as former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist greets Jordan's King Abdullah II in 2007.

A member of Jordan’s royal family is accusing an American oilman and former GOP fundraiser of bribing the Jordanian government to facilitate his fuel shipments through the country to U.S. forces in Iraq.

The allegation emerged in a civil lawsuit pitting the billionaire American businessman, Harry Sargeant III, against an ex-business partner, Mohammad al-Saleh, the brother-in-law of Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

Al-Saleh, the plaintiff in the case first reported by NBC News in May 2008, claims that he was cut out of a lucrative one-third share in Sargeant’s firm, the International Oil Trading Co., based in Boca Raton, Fla., and replaced by an ex-CIA official with deep contacts in the Jordanian government.

The crux of the bribery allegation involves a $9 million wire transfer from Sargeant’s firm, directed to a mysterious figure in Jordan’s intelligence agency identified in court documents only as “Pasha.”

Sargeant’s lawyers acknowledge that “Pasha” was “possibly” Gen. Mohammad Dahabi, then head of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Jordan’s intelligence agency. A source inside the Jordanian government confirmed that.

Kickback or legitimate payment?    Read more here


April 20, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Follow the Money, Government Contractor, Iraq | , , , ,

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