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Kerry Khan & Lee Khan plead guilty in USACE bribery scandal

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“Today the ringleader of the largest bribery and bid-steering scheme in the history of federal contracting accepted responsibility for his crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “For his shocking abuse of his position of power, Kerry Khan faces more than two decades in prison. The homes, cars, and jewelry he financed with bribes and kickbacks have now been returned to their rightful owner – the American taxpayer. He and his son are now the seventh and eighth members of this far-reaching scheme to plead guilty since the fall of 2011, and our investigation is still ongoing. Corrupt public officials and the businessmen who bribe them should take notice: we will do everything in our power to disrupt your dirty deals and hold you accountable.”

“Mr. Khan saw large government contracts as a golden ticket for personal gain as he funneled millions of dollars to himself and others through bribes and kickbacks,” said Special Agent in Charge Hosko. “Together with our law enforcement partners, we will combat such deceit and corruption within our government as we tirelessly work to protect the money of the American taxpayer.”

“Today’s plea hearing is a reminder that individuals who scheme to defraud the U.S. Government and violate the public’s trust will be brought to justice,” said Acting IRS Special Agent in Charge Hylton. “Honest and law-abiding citizens are fed up with the likes of those who use deceit and fraud to line their own pockets. The use of bribes and kickbacks to secure government contracts will not be tolerated. IRS Criminal Investigation will continue to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies to punish corrupt behavior wherever we find it.”

“Today’s guilty pleas effectively highlight the brazen corruption scheme sown by Kerry Khan and his co-conspirators,” said Inspector General Gustafson of the Small Business Administration. “This investigation demonstrates that there is no tolerance for criminal activity by Federal employees who hold positions of trust in the federal contracting process. The SBA OIG appreciates the leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the support of the FBI and our interagency partners in bringing forth these plea agreements.”

“Today is a day of reckoning for Kerry Khan. His plea today is a chilling example of a corrupt Government employee coming to the realization that engaging in criminal activity within the federal procurement process will be discovered and there is a severe price to be paid for selfishly violating the public’s trust,” said Special Agent in Charge Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). “DCIS and our law enforcement partners are working to ensure that this realization becomes a stark reality for any and all others who are willing to engage in this kind of dishonest, deceitful, and deplorable behavior. Let’s hope that today’s plea serves as a clear reminder that stealing money from the American taxpayer is not worth the day of reckoning that will inevitably follow.”

“Today’s pleas are another example of the great investigative work our agents and our federal law enforcement partners do every day,” said Director Robey of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU). “It is a clear message that we will relentlessly pursue those attempting to defraud the U.S. Army.”

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  1. Comment by ARMY CONTRACTING COMMAND WATCH:

    The Army have proven time and again – Contracting for the Army in Kuwait and Rock Island is a Criminal Enterprise with General Officers involved. Army Contracting Command needs to be shut down just as Al Capone was shut down – they need to have their warrents removed and turn over that function to DCMA.

    Where is Congress and how many more cases do they have to see.

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