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KGL – A Test Case on Sanctions?

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Sounding the Alarm
The American whistleblowers declined to comment on or directly confirm their contacts with the FBI, but POGO has been told by a variety of sources that both have given evidence to Bureau agents.

Mrs. Abdul Wahab is the former head of Human Resources at KGL Investment Company, a KGL subsidiary. The mother of three small children and an Egyptian national long resident in Kuwait, she says she was fired by KGL in 2010 in part because of her objections to the company’s dealings with Iran. According to emails that she supplied, she was twice jailed last year in Kuwait (before the death threats began) after KGL complained to local authorities, who have charged her and three other defendants with facilitating the removal of confidential, internal KGL documents at a time when she was allegedly using the offices and staff of a major KGL competitor to process the material. She has denied culpability.

Many of those KGL internal documents later reached Members of Congress, and some were interpreted by Sen. Kirk and other lawmakers as possible evidence of KGL’s ties to Iran. KGL has said key elements in the material are “fabricated.”

Kuwait’s Al-Jarida newspaper has reported that a woman—who turns out to be Mrs. Abdul Wahab—has brought a legal case in the sheikhdom charging a member of the Kuwait parliament, who it says is an investor in KGL, with money laundering in support of the Iranian nuclear program. The newspaper did not identify the member of parliament by name.

A Smear Campaign?
When the U.S. imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) in 2008—accusing it of transporting nuclear and missile components—KGL quickly sought to comply, severing its business ties with the company and related entities, KGL has said in court filings and other public statements.

But that hasn’t stopped accusations that it’s still in business with Tehran. KGL has spent $350,000 on a high-powered Washington lobbying campaign designed to, congressional staffers say, combat these allegations. And last year, it launched a lawsuit in the District of Columbia. The lawsuit blames reports of its ties to Iran on a shadowy smear campaign engineered in part by one of its principal competitors, in cahoots with a diverse group that includes Mrs. Abdul Wahab, the former KGL employee in Kuwait, as well as Pam Baragona, the sister of a U.S. Army officer killed in Iraq in 2003 when his vehicle crashed with a truck driven by a KGL employee.

In a March 21, 2012, amendment to the lawsuit, KGL also charged that emails sent under a phony pseudonym to U.S. agencies highlighting its supposed Iran connections actually originated from an internet provider belonging to KGL’s competitor.

KGL has served the U.S. military for nearly two decades and, according to the firm’s website, received a variety of commendations from the U.S. military for a job well done. The company prides itself on having the U.S. military as one of its biggest customers, and claims to be “the premier provider of integrated Supply Chain Management services in the Middle East,” fulfilling the “Transportation, Logistics, Port Management, Shipping and Freight Forwarding needs of countless regional and international clients.”

Last June, a 317-count indictment obtained by the Manhattan District Attorney cited an Iranian businessman, Moghaddami Fard, whose name figures in dozens of purported emails between him and top KGL executives that were given to Members of Congress. The man allegedly sat on the five-member board of a company, RAK Shipping, of which KGL and IRISL (the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines) had part ownership. IRISL and many of its affiliates appear on an official list of entities banned from doing business with the U.S. As detailed by Sen. Menendez, KGL’s claims to have divested its share in RAK shipping are bogus. “This is not a divestiture, it is a transfer of ownership to another company shared by KGL and the Iranian government,” the Senator’s letter says.

“We must come down hard on this company so others realize they will pay a price for doing business with Iran,” Sen. McCaskill said after the indictment was made public. “Our sanctions must have sharp teeth.”

The chairman of KGL Holding Company, Dr. Ali Dashti, also spoke out. He was quoted by ABC News claiming that, “KGL has been the victim of a campaign to spread false and altered documents attempting to show an improper relationship between KGL and sanctioned parties.” He denied that Fard, the Iranian businessman, ever represented KGL. The case is still pending in New York.

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7 Comments

  1. Comment by Intrepid:

    This is so well hidden in the upper echelons of the US Govts that we may never know if KGL is in business with Iran. If Credible Criminal evidence were to ever surface, it would by far be the biggest breach in US Contracting History. So here we have it, no one in Govt/both Parties wants egg on the face of our Govt, so the best thing to do is keep it covered until the contracts are expired.

    • Comment by DoD IG WATCH:

      AND just who are these investigators going to be that are NOT the puppets of the ARMY and DLA.

      Geez. Future Services and KMS were listed on the front page of the news paper in MAJ John Cockerham’s bribe ledger book and COL Alexander even had it translated and read to him by an Official Translator and those 2 companies are still doing business with the United States.

      Sorry – The DoD IG are only doing what someone bird dogs them to do and going after KGL is the job of United States Patriots like MS SPARKY and Pam Robinson and Congress Members that are not patsies to KGL lobbyists.

      Taking down KGL will take an Agency with integrity that is not compromised by the wishes of their superiors. Rebels and Citizens and Congress will do what the DoD IG have failed to do. Suspend and debar KMS, FS and KGL.

      That is the way it is.

  2. Comment by KGL WATCH:

    So how about them apples. AGILITY wanted to put KGL in the same hot water they are in.

    Who all out there have been answering John Doe subpeonas for KGL ?

    How is it that KGL is getting $ 1 Billion in contracts. How many were not competed DLA.

    Remember that sweetheart deal you wrote KGL DLA. 6 years of DDKS with an AWARD fee 2% higher than KBR.

    KGL must be really on the good side of someone at DLA. Who and how much are they getting in kickbacks and bribes.

    A good investigator would be able to figure it out. But no, it will take Congress to shut down KGL and do what Pam was trying to get done. The $ 8 Million judgment should have stayed in place.

    What do we have – Judges pandering to the KGL family who are judge half Iranians. Way to go Judge. Cheat an American family in favor of of an Arabic company making $ 1 Billion a year in contracts. That is damn unpatriotic Judge.

    Anyway – glad to hear that damn Scott Wilson has been found. My lawyer is going to be damn glad about that.

    What is the address that you should be served at KGL and Agility ?

    If I remember right – you guys are using trying to say you don’t have an address and you are playing our All-American game. U.S. Government Contracts and that is rule number 1. Your address. It took the Judge how long to get KGL served ?

  3. Comment by Intrepid:

    Get this, since I am in Kuwait and a fan of this site, it seems funny that since this Article was introduced I am given a warning about it’s certificate and whether or not to Proceed. It seems KGL has some pull with the IP ADDRESS PROVIDER HERE IN KUWAIT. CREEPY STUFF!

    • Comment by KGL WATCH:

      I have VIVA and don’t receive any such warning and KEMS also doesn’t cause such a warning.

      Maybe you are on Camp Arijan- Land of the Free – where MS SPARKY is censored so that soldiers are not informed about what might help them recover damages against Prime Contractors like KBR and ITT.

      FREE SPEECH is NOT WHAT THE U.S. ARMY are all about. They are about concealment of U.S. Taxpayers money and hiding what they are spending it on because they are having a $ 2 Billion spending spree with their friends.

      • Comment by Intrepid:

        Not at all on Camp Arifjan. I have Wataniya. Checked my Norton URL Safe sites and Ms. Sparky is rated as SAFE. It may be a third party, anyway it just seemed strangely coincidental that it happened soon after this KGL Affair was posted. Ya just never know.

        • Comment by KGL WATCH:

          Maybe it is some strings the new conservative MPs have introduce. Who knows. Kuwait is a strange land where the crimes of Foreign DoD Contractors do not get punished and are in fact for the most part covered up. Only Americans suffer. It is interesting the it took the American Judicial system and American Lawyers and American Investigators to uncover what one Kuwait DoD Contractor did to another DoD Contractor – both of whom have received $ Billions of U.S. Tax Payer dollars and the Americans cannot charge them or convict them. Why is that ? I guess KGL is not going to be giving Christmas presents to Agility this year. : – )

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