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Afghan contractor guilty of paying $27,000 bribe to Illinois Guardsman

BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter/fmain@suntimes.com May 11, 2011 06:18PM //

An Afghan contractor has pleaded guilty to paying a $27,000 bribe to an Illinois National Guard officer — who spent some of the cash on prostitutes and booze — in exchange for a contract to supply Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Noor Alam and his company Northern Reconstruction Organization entered the plea last week in federal court in Chicago.

Prosecutors have recommended a one-year sentence for Alam — even though he faces up to five years in prison — partly because his crime was “run of the mill” and he “performed well as a military contractor.” But prosecutors said he still deserves prison time because such corruption harms the military campaign in Afghanistan.

Alam was arrested at O’Hare Airport in 2008 after the government lured him and other Afghan contractors to the United States with an invitation to receive awards at a seminar in Columbus, Ohio. The fake invitation said he was going to be honored as a contractor “who best represent[s] the cooperative nature of our … reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.’’

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May 11, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption | , , ,

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