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Louisiana Man, “Mark” McCabe, Arrested on Charges of Receiving Illegal Kickbacks in Afghanistan

Elton Mark McCabe, a Slidell businessman recently freed from a prison in South Sudan, was arrested Thursday on charges of receiving illegal kickbacks and wire fraud in connection with his work as a private contractor in Afghanistan in 2009. McCabe, 52, is former vice president of a company that received subcontracts for U.S. government projects in rebuilding efforts in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. ~Katherine Sayre - The Times-Picayune

“I’m very excited that Mark McCabe is finally getting out of South Sudan after being held there with no just cause since mid-October,” Vitter said.~Press Release – Office of Senator David Vitter

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – November 12, 2012 – The former vice president of a construction company doing work in Afghanistan was arrested today on allegations of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gratuities from subcontractors during his employment in Afghanistan, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana and unsealed today charges Elton Maurice “Mark” McCabe III, 53, of Slidell, La., with one count of receiving illegal kickbacks and one count of wire fraud.

McCabe said he worked as a private contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq, beginning in 2004, doing construction at military bases. Once his job in Iraq ended, he heard other contractors talking about a country with new investment opportunities: South Sudan. McCabe partnered with an Iraqi friend, Mohammed Oglah, to explore business there, he said.~The Times-Picayune

McCabe and Oglah, who run a construction and consulting company called Diamond Corp. ~Bloomberg Businessweek

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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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Diyana Montes pleads guilty to Afghanistan billing fraud scheme while working for KBR

Sample TMR Form

Former Employee of Army Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribery for Facilitating Theft by Trucking Contractor in Afghanistan

 Click HERE for link to Dyiana Montes Flickr photostream (some of them appear to be taken in Afghanistan)

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – October 24, 2012 – A Houston woman pleaded guilty today to bribery charges for her role in a scheme to fraudulently bill the U.S. Army for trucking services in Afghanistan, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. 

Diyana Montes, 29, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in the District of Columbia to one count of bribery.

According to court documents, from approximately April 2008 through December 2008, Montes was an employee of Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a private contractor with operations in Afghanistan.  Montes worked at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where KBR held a contract with the United States.

KBR’s contract involved providing services to the Army’s Movement Control Branch (MCB).  The MCB’s mission was to contract with local Afghan trucking companies to transport U.S. military equipment, fuel and other supplies throughout Afghanistan.  As part of this mission, the MCB coordinated requests from various U.S. military units for trucking services and assigned those requests to particular contractors.  Each trucking request generated various specific documents, including “transportation movement requests” (TMR), which authorized the use of trucks.

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U.S. Army Master Sergeant, Julio Soto Jr., Pleads Guilty to Defrauding U.S. Government

Dining Facility sign – FOB Hammer

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – August 29, 2012 – A U.S. Army master sergeant pleaded guilty today to accepting thousands of dollars in gratuities from contractors during his deployment to Iraq as a field ordering officer at a forward operating base in Iraq, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina William N. Nettles.

Julio Soto Jr., 52, of Columbus, Ga., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Chief Judge Margaret B. Seymour in the District of South Carolina to a criminal information charging him with one count of conspiracy to accept illegal gratuities. 

According to court documents, Soto was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army, deployed to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Hammer in Iraq, as a field ordering officer (FOO), a public official.  FOO funds are used to purchase miscellaneous items and supplies such as paint, lumber and plywood from local vendors.  It is a violation of federal law for field ordering officers to accept gratuities from contractors dependent upon them for contracts.

In or about March 2007 through October 2008, Soto, along with an alleged U.S. Army co-conspirator, was involved with the construction of a government building at FOB Hammer by local Iraqi contractors.  Soto and his alleged co-conspirator unlawfully sought, received and accepted illegal gratuities for helping Iraqi contractors gain U.S. government contracts, and then purchased U.S. Postal money orders with the illegal proceeds and mailed them back to the United States.

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Jury Convicts Jerome Rabinowitz Of Defense Contract Fraud

Jury Convicts New York Man Of Defense Contract Fraud

COLUMBUS – August 20, 2012 – A United States District Court jury convicted a New York Man of mail and wire fraud, false claims and money laundering for selling nonconforming parts to the Department of Defense

Jerome Rabinowitz, 69, of Great Neck, New York, sold the items under a contract to supply electronic components. 

According to the indictment, these items are used in the Navy Nuclear Reactors Program, on military aircraft, and on weapons systems for submarines.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Jeffrey Arsenault, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Central Field Office, announced the verdict reached on August 17 which was returned following a nine-day trial that began on August 6 before U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost.

According to court testimony, Rabinowitz owned J&W Technologies, LLC, and did business under the name of Jerry Roth. 

The company had direct and indirect contracts awarded from 2006 through 2009 to provide semiconductors, microcircuits, and transistors to the Department of Defense. The parts are considered critical application items, meaning they are essential to weapon system performance or operation, or the preservation of life or safety of operating personnel.

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