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Tamimi Global To Pay $13 Million Over Army, KBR Kickbacks

WSJ Blog September 16, 2011

Tamimi Global Co., or TAFGA, agreed to pay the U.S. $13 million to settle criminal and civil allegations that it paid kickbacks to an employee of a government contractor and illegal gratuities to a former U.S. Army Sergeant in connection with Army operations in Iraq and Kuwait.

The Saudi Arabia-based company entered into a deferred-prosecution agreement with the U.S. that calls for TAFGA to pay the U.S. $5.6 million and institute a compliance program. In a separate civil settlement, TAFGA agreed to pay the U.S. $7.4 million to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to a Kellogg Brown & Root employee for favorable treatment.

“When we believe companies are engaging in wartime profiteering, we will not hesitate to act,” said Tony West, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, in a statement.

Under the deferred-prosecution agreement, the new compliance program TAFGA must form requires it to establish a new Kuwaiti management team, as well as an ethics and compliance team with oversight over U.S. government contracts. It also has to institute a compliance hotline, and to retain a monitor.

If TAFGA meets its obligations under the agreement for 18 months without violating it, the Justice Department said it will dismiss the criminal charges

Please see the original at WSJ Blog

September 16, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, KBR | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Army Sgt. Admits Taking $1.4M in Bribes

April 22, 2010

Agence France-Presse

A U.S. Army sergeant who oversaw dining facilities at two military bases in Kuwait pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting $1.4 million in “illegal gratuities” from private contractors.

Ray Scott Chase, 42, also pleaded guilty in an appearance before an Illinois court to hiding the money upon his return to the United States and lying to federal investigators in 2007, Illinois prosecutors said.

In a statement, the Justice Department said Chase “supervised the food procurement, preparation and service operations at Camp Doha and Camp Arifjan” in Kuwait in 2002 and 2003.

He “also coordinated orders for certain blanket purchase agreements the U.S. Army had with various private contractors to provide supplies to services to both of those dining facilities,” the department added.

In a statement, the Justice Department said Chase admitted receiving approximately $1.4 million from contractors that included Tamimi Global Company Limited, LaNouvelle General Trading and Contracting Corporation, and another unnamed company.

Prosecutors did not specify what Chase provided in return for the money.

He will be sentenced Aug. 6 and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He has also agreed to forfeit all assets related to the money he received in bribes.  Original here

May 1, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Wartime Contracting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment