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U.S. Army Sergeant and Associate Indicted for Alleged Bribe Scheme Involving Contracts at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON - June 22, 2011 –  An 11-count indictment unsealed today in federal court in Wheeling, W.V ., charges an Army sergeant first class and his associate for their alleged roles in a bribery and money laundering scheme at Camp Arifjan, a United States military base in Kuwait, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II for the Northern District of West Virginia.

The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of West Virginia on June 8, 2011, charges Sergeant First Class Richard Evick, 41, of Parsons, W.V ., with receiving more than $170,000 in bribes from two firms that had contracts with the United States Department of Defense (DoD) in Kuwait. The indictment also charges Evick and his associate, Crystal Martin, 48, of Pontiac, Mich ., with laundering the bribe money through bank accounts in Kuwait and the United States. Evick and Martin were arrested today by FBI agents. Martin made her initial appearance today in Detroit before United States Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub of the Eastern District of Michigan. Evick is expected to make his initial appearance tomorrow in Raleigh, N.C ., before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The indictment alleges that Evick, a senior procurement non-commissioned officer who served at Camp Arifjan from February 2005 to December 2006, along with former Majors James Momon and Christopher Murray, awarded Army contracting business and improperly disclosed contracting information to two firms that were seeking contracts from the United States military. According to the indictment, as a result of the actions taken by Evick, Momon and Murray, these firms received nearly $25 million from contracts to deliver bottled water and other commodities to United States military bases in Iraq and Kuwait, as well as to paint and clean DoD facilities in Kuwait. In exchange, Evick, Momon and Murray allegedly received cash, airplane tickets, hotel accommodations, and the ability to conceal large amounts of cash in a hidden safe located in the villa of Wajdi Rezik Birjas, a DoD contract employee who worked in the host nation affairs office at Camp Arifjan.

The indictment also alleges that Evick entrusted his bribe money to Martin, a former Army master sergeant, who from October 2005 to December 2008, operated a concession to sell clothing and other items at various United States military bases in Kuwait and maintained bank accounts in Kuwait and the United States. The indictment alleges that Martin arranged to transfer the bribe money from Kuwait to the United States and into the possession of Evick, his wife and his girlfriend. Additionally, the indictment alleges that Evick and Martin assisted Momon’s efforts to retrieve between $200,000 and $250,000 of Momon’s bribe money from Birjas and to transfer that money from Kuwait to the United States.

Evick is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, two substantive bribery counts, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, six substantive money laundering counts and one count of obstructing an agency proceeding. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on the bribery conspiracy charge, 15 years in prison for each of the bribery counts, 20 years in prison for the money laundering conspiracy count and each of the substantive money laundering counts and five years in prison on the obstruction charge.

Martin is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and four substantive money laundering counts. She faces up to 20 years in prison for the money laundering conspiracy count and each of the substantive money laundering counts. Evick and Martin also face fines and a term of supervised release, if convicted. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of any property or money involved in the alleged offenses.

Momon, Murray and Birjas have pleaded guilty to crimes relating to their activities at Campr Arifjan and are awaiting sentencing.

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As a result of this investigation, 17 individuals have pleaded guilty or been found guilty at trial for their roles in the corruption at Camp Arifjan, and four others, including Evick and Martin, are awaiting trial.

An indictment is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Peter C. Sprung and Timothy J. Kelly of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant United States Attorney Robert McWilliams of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia. The ongoing investigation is being handled by the Army Criminal Investigation Division, Defense Criminal Investigation Service, FBI and the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.  (Click HERE for original article)

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19 Comments

  1. Comment by Hunter:

    I have just two things to say,the first thing is DANG!!! and I wonder who are the other 17 individuals involved in this.

  2. Comment by noone:

    I wonder how many former CSA employees are involved in this. No wonder we had a high turnover rate at contracting

    • Comment by Hunter:

      Noone, that is what I am also wondering. I will be waiting for the list. Amazing… Like Camp Arifjan Watch said, 17 is a large list…

    • Comment by Camp Arifjan Watch:

      These are ALL American Contracting OFFICERS. You know, the white knights riding white horses with shiny armor. Except in the case of Arifjan, the integrity is gone in Army Contracting. Does the Army even get it.

      When are we going to see Colonel Joe Bass indicted – Major John Cockerham’s boss who has come back to continue playing the game. Why would ACC allow such a lapse in direction. Flush the toilet on those contracting officers and no one returns and what is ACC thinking. Well they are not. Congress what are you thinking other than getting kickbacks on weapons projects and wars. Centralize contracting and shit-can Army Contracting Career field.

      Rock Island is a prime example of corruption in their decision to cover up for ITT and waste taxpayer dollars allowing them to underbid far below the 25% toss the bid margin. But when contracting officers and Generals are getting paid and promised jobs. There just can be no integrity in the system. The Federal Acquisition Regulations are the same for all agencies. Direct the bids into a central point and let them be redirected to other agency contracting officers who have no knowledge of the requisition or the buyer – just apply the rules. It seems to work with the FAA and different airlines. One set of rules.

      What rules is the Army operating under ? Can anyone tell us that ?

  3. Comment by Camp Arifjan Watch:

    It is only par for the course at Arifjan and disclosing bids is something that is commonplace. The contracting officer trying to extend within one days of bid due in is a red flag and there is absolutely no reason for it – other than what we are reading about. The last one to try this stunt has been sent home. Another ACC cover-up. What, do they teach this at their contracting school ? Do they even have a contracting school ?

    DOES CAMP ARIFJAN HAVE A HALL OF FAME TROPHY CASE for these inductees ? 17 that is a world record for 1 base and the Army only deserve one answer from Congress – Yank warrants for the Agency.

  4. Comment by gonewild99:

    Now this is some good reporting it has some some facts established that you can sink your teeth into

    Good post Ms. Sparky

  5. Comment by Long Time in Kuwait:

    I love it! i am hoping that ITT gets what they deserve with these illegal medicals going on in the Movenpick Resort there in Salmiya. CENTCOM supposedly put down on the companies to have there employees get mandatory physicals every 12-15 months to see if they are fit for duty. The medicals are performed by a P.A. and a paramedic with the company contracted for the ambulances. Now I am not mad at them because they are just doing what they are told. Well they rely on her opinion for dental, hearing, sight(which she blinded me with the light before reading the chart), and urine test. The paramedic is doing the blood work on 3 or 4 handheld gadgets on the top of a desk. Now does sound fishy to you guys that this is being done in a little conference room located in the downstairs parking of this hotel? If the person has to have further tests done and isn’t cleared after 90 days, they are removed from the contract. We were told by ITT that if there is a position that they can put us into Stateside they will help, yeah right! Sorry about the interuption but just venting!

    • Comment by Hunter:

      Vent on!!! Everything ITT does is fishy. So, now more medical mumbo jumbo. That is how they got rid of alot of contractors. Once anyone leaves contract they will be forgotten.

  6. Comment by Servedmytime:

    Evick isnt the last. So many more to follow.
    Wondering when the names of Future Services and Neeto are gonna be called?

  7. Comment by Servedmytime:

    SSG Leonard Bolanoes, SSG Colon, Major Newsome, CPT Choi, CPT Knotts, SSG Darren Sanders, Michael Diettle, Javid Dalvi, Neeto Sahni……..

  8. Comment by noone:

    When did this policy begin? I know that as of Feb of this year there was no such thing.

  9. Comment by Paul Ng:

    These are the people that should be prosecuted to the maximum limits of the law. They are shameful citizens of the USA. They should be put down like dogs!

  10. Comment by Rainmaker1111:

    In 2005 I contact both the DCIS as well as the NCIS concerning the fraud that I witnessed at Camp Arifjan. I also turned in several co-workers who were involved in fraudulent activities and as a federal civilian I truely thought it was my duty to do so and niavely believed that I would have the support of my superiors only to learn that I would have to fight for my career. As noble as you think the cause may be, nobody is going to feed your family when the proverbial shit hits the fan.

  11. Comment by cw:

    hmmm and this is why an honest contractor like myself cannot get any dang contracts, everyone keeps bribing everyone

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