Aug 31, 2007

U.S. Says Company Bribed Officers for Work in Iraq

By ERIC SCHMITT and JAMES GLANZ
Published: August 31, 2007

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 — An American-owned company operating from Kuwait paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to American contracting officers in efforts to win more than $11 million in contracts, the government says in court documents.

The Army last month suspended the company, Lee Dynamics International, from doing business with the government, and the case now appears to be at the center of a contracting fraud scandal that prompted Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to dispatch the Pentagon inspector general to Iraq to investigate.

Court documents filed in the case say the Army took action because the company was suspected of paying hundreds of thousands in bribes to Army officers to secure contracts to build, operate and maintain warehouses in Iraq that stored weapons, uniforms, vehicles and other matériel for Iraqi forces in 2004 and 2005.

A lawyer for the company denied the accusations.

One of the officers, Maj. Gloria D. Davis, a contracting official in Kuwait, shot and killed herself in Baghdad in December 2006. Government officials say the suicide occurred a day after she admitted to an Army investigator that she had accepted at least $225,000 in bribes from the company. The United States has begun proceedings to seize Major Davis’s assets, a move her heirs are contesting.

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1 comment:

Anon-Paranoid said...

So what's wrong with a little theft among friends of Der Fuhrer?

While victims of Katrina still can not return home and children and adults have no health insurance they continue to rob our country blind.

How can the people not see this and take a stand for whats right? I for one do not know.

The only question that matters now is can we survive once the world removes them from power? Or will we be destroyed before that happens?

God Bless.