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Wajdi Birjas sentenced to 35 months for crimes committed at Camp Arifjan

Former Defense Department Contract Employee Sentenced to 35 Months  in Prison for Participating in Corruption Scheme at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait

To Date, 19 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

(DoJ) – April 2, 2013 – A former contract employee of the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) was sentenced today to serve 35 months in prison for his participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme arising from corruption in the award of defense contracts at Camp Arifjan, an Army base in Kuwait, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Wajdi Birjas, 41, of Evansville, Ind., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young in the Southern District of Indiana.  In addition to his prison term, Birjas was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $650,000.

Birjas pleaded guilty on Aug. 11, 2010, to one count of bribery conspiracy and one count of money laundering conspiracy.

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James Momon sentenced to 18 months for contract fraud crimes at Camp Arifjan

Former U.S. Army Major Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Bribery Scheme Related to Department of Defense Contracts in Kuwait

To Date, 19 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – November 13, 2012 – A former U.S. Army Major was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for his participation in a bribery scheme related to his activities as a contracting official in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in 2005 and 2006, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

James Momon Jr., 40, of Alexandria, Va., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in the District of Columbia.   In addition to his prison term, Momon was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and pay $5.8 million in restitution, jointly and severally with co-defendants.

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Richard Evick & Crystal Martin – convicted of contracting crimes committed at Camp Arifjan

Army Sergeant and Associate Convicted on All Counts for Roles in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to Defense Contracts to Support Iraq War

To Date, 19 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON - June 26, 2012 –  A federal jury in Elkins, W. Va., convicted Richard Evick, a U.S. Army Sergeant First Class and Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of contracting at a U.S. military base in Kuwait, and his associate, Crystal Martin, of all counts with which they were charged in connection with a bribery and money laundering scheme related to defense contracts awarded in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Evick was found guilty yesterday of one count of bribery conspiracy, two counts of bribery, one count of money laundering conspiracy, six counts of money laundering and one count of obstructing an agency proceeding. Martin was found guilty of one count of bribery conspiracy, one count of money laundering conspiracy and four counts of money laundering.

“As the highest ranking enlisted officer in the U.S. Army’s contracting office at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, Mr. Evick had a special duty to strike deals in the best interests of the American people,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “Instead, he steered business to dirty contractors in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in cash and other items. Mr. Evick, Ms. Martin and their co-conspirators defrauded the government they had sworn to serve. To date, our investigation has led to the convictions of 19 individuals, and we will continue aggressively to pursue corruption and procurement fraud wherever we find it.”

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LTC Derrick L. Shoemake, (Ret.) – sentenced to 41 months for bribery related to Iraq contracting

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Bribery Related to Contracting in Support of Iraq War

Defendant Accepted $250,000 in Bribes Related to Bottled Water Contracts in Kuwait
(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – June 14, 2014 – A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army was sentenced yesterday to 41 months in prison for engaging in bribery related to his work as a contracting officer’s representative in Kuwait from 2004 to 2006, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Derrick L. Shoemake, 50, of Moreno Valley, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee in the Central District of California. In addition to his prison term, Shoemake was sentenced to two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $181,900 in restitution and forfeit $68,100.

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Court Publishes Decision in Contractor Fee Dispute Involving “The Mother of all DFAC Drug Deals”

NEIL GORDON – (POGO) – May 10, 2012 – The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently unsealed its opinion and order in the nearly four-year fight by KBR to recoup the $41 million it claims the U.S. Army owes under the LOGCAP III contract in Iraq. The government, in return, filed a countersuit claiming kickbacks two KBR contract managers took from a LOGCAP III subcontractor invalidates KBR’s claim.

KBR filed a lawsuit in the Court of Federal Claims seeking $41 million in unpaid costs and fees incurred under LOGCAP III for dining facility (DFAC) services at Camp Anaconda, Iraq from July through December 2004. The government filed a counterclaim alleging that the thousands of dollars in kickbacks KBR managers Terry Hall and Luther Holmes accepted from DFAC subcontractor Tamimi Global Company, Ltd. should cause KBR to forfeit its claims against the government under various fraud theories and the Anti-Kickback Act.

The case went to trial in late 2011. Two weeks ago, the court issued its judgment, awarding KBR $11,792,505 plus interest but also awarding the government $38,000 in civil penalties on its Anti-Kickback Act counterclaim. Interestingly, KBR’s statement about the judgment filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week does not mention the latter.

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