That bird won’t fly and other news
After years of lucrative work in the Middle East and Central Asia, where their presence has been occasionally marred by incidents of excessive force and misconduct, contractors and private security firms of varying sizes and specialties are being drawn into a battle closer to home. But Mexico’s restrictive gun laws mean that foreign contractors must enter the bloody drug war unarmed as they take jobs ranging from consulting and technical training for the Mexican military to guarding business executives from kidnapping gangs and extortionists. (Click HERE for article)
Employee and Contractor of Florida Property Management Company Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud
(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – January 25, 2012 – A former residential sales manager and a former contractor at a Florida property management company pleaded guilty today to wire fraud in connection with housing repair contracts for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Justice announced.
Joshua R. Nusbaum, a former residential sales manager at West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, and Andrew J. Nusbaum, a former contractor for Ocwen, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla., to wire fraud. According to a one-count felony charge filed on Dec. 27, 2011, in the Middle District of Florida, Ocwen managed foreclosed properties under contract with the VA, which guaranteed qualifying residential mortgages for veterans. Under the contract between the VA and Ocwen, if a veteran defaulted, Ocwen completed necessary repairs and re-sold the property.
Proceeds from the re-sale of VA-acquired properties directly benefit the VA by reducing the cost of guaranteeing residential mortgages to veterans. (Click HERE for article)
Another contractor charged in $20m Army kickback scheme
Scott McCabe – (Washington Examiner) – January 24, 2012 – Another contractor has been charged as an Army Corps of Engineers employee is expected to plead guilty in one of the largest federal contracting bribery schemes in United States history, charging documents said.Robert L. McKinney, founder and president of the Waldorf-based Alpha Technology Group, was charged in federal court Monday with bribery of a public official, documents show.