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Donald Garst sentenced to 30 months for smuggling kickbacks from Bagram to US

Former Department of Defense Contractor Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Smuggling Kickback Proceeds from Afghanistan to the United States

Donald Garst, 51, who was in the Army for 4 years and the National Guard for 23 years, was a manager for a private sector contracting company doing business with the U.S. at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.  His job was to evaluate subcontracts awarded to Afghan companies.  Garst met Abdul Mukhtar Abdul Kubar (Mukhtar), the owner of an Afghan contracting company and agreed to steer subcontracts to Mukhtar in exchange for money.  Garst agreed to receive $610,000 in kickbacks, but only actually received $210,000. The scheme was discovered when Garst attempted to send $150,000 in cash to his ex-wife via DHL overnight service.  The package was confiscated and Garst quickly confessed to the kickback scheme.   ~Sending Your Ex-Wife a Package of Cash from Afghanistan May Get You in Trouble 

DoJ – February 12, 2013 – A former employee of a Department of Defense contracting company at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, was sentenced today to serve 30 months in prison for attempting to smuggle $150,000 in kickback proceeds he received for steering U.S. government subcontracts to an Afghan company, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of the District of Kansas.

One of them, AC FIRST theatre RPAT (redistribution property accountability team) manager Don Garst, said, “Jason Welch was the best Instructor that I have had in 29 years of military service or as a contractor. ~ California-based National Crane Training was recruited to provide NCCCO training and testing for crane operators at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan

Under this task order, the AECOM-CACI Technologies Inc. joint venture, AC FIRST LLC., will provide tactical vehicle and equipment maintenance, facilities management and maintenance, supply and inventory management, and transportation services in support of the 3-401st Army Field Support Brigade at multiple locations across Afghanistan. The task order continues a program currently held and performed by AECOM for nearly five years. ~AECOM joint venture awarded maintenance and supply services task order worth up to US$378 million over five years

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A Decade Later, Contractor Pays Out Millions for Iraq Prisoner Abuse

Photo from the Guardian UK

Robert Beckhusen – (Wired – Danger Room) – January 9, 2012 – It’s been nearly a decade since private military contractors and U.S. soldiers worked together to torture Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Now, for the first time, one of the companies involved in the Abu Ghraib scandal has been forced to pay victims for the abuse.

The $5.28 million settlement — which was disclosed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in November but “which has gone essentially unnoticed,” according to the Associated Press — involves 71 former inmates of Abu Ghraib and other U.S.-run prisons, and private security firm L-3 Services Inc., a subsidiary of Engility Holdings of Chantilly, Virginia.

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Appeals court revives Iraq contractor torture cases

  • Former Abu Ghraib prisoners can sue contractors over alleged abuse -court
  • CACI International and L-3 not entitled to early appeal
  • Cases will resume in Virginia and Maryland courts

Terry Baynes – (Reuters) – 11 May 2012 – A U.S. appeals court on Friday revived two lawsuits accusing employees of two defense contractors of conspiring to torture and abuse Iraqis detained at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad and at other locations.

A 14-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, Virginia, refused to intervene and dismiss the suits against CACI International Inc and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc, sending the cases back to district courts for further proceedings.

After the military invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States hired contractors from U.S.-based CACI and L-3 to provide translators and help conduct investigations. In 2004, photographs emerged depicting the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. A number of military personnel were disciplined, but no contractors were charged.

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Neil Gordon: Background Check Contractor is Back in the Police Blotter

NEIL GORDON – (POGO) – POGO saw a familiar name pop up in the news this week. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that a former employee of federal contractor United States Investigations Services (USIS) had pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false statement in the course of his work for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducting background checks of individuals either employed by or seeking employment with federal agencies and contractors.

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Houston you have a problem & other news

…In April 2003, Dyncorp dropped its appeal against the verdict, and three days later announced an award by the US state department for a contract to police Iraq…
…”These crimes are perpetrated by individual men who rape and torture girls on mission, then go home to their wives. And it’ll carry on until there’s a knock at the door and they find themselves getting arrested in front of the wife and kids.” ~ Ed Vulliamy – Has the UN learned lessons of Bosnian sex slavery…

Soldier faces hearing at Afghan base over suicide
Associated Press – (Wall Street Journal) – KABUL, Afghanistan – January 15, 2012 – An American soldier charged with abuse that led to the suicide of a 19-year-old fellow soldier in Afghanistan is facing a preliminary hearing Sunday on a base in the country, the military said.

The hearing came as two more members of the international force in Afghanistan died of what NATO described as “non-battle-related” injuries.

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