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A taxing situation and other news

Pentagon defends millions to contractor despite unpaid taxes
Tom Vanden Brook – (USA Today) – WASHINGTON – April 15, 2012 –  The tax problems of the military’s top propaganda contractor in Afghanistan would not have prevented the Pentagon from awarding it multimillion-dollar contracts, a top official said in a letter to U.S. senators.

The owners of Leonie Industries, the contractor, owed at least $4 million in federal taxes when the contracts were awarded. Because the owners had entered into agreements to pay the overdue taxes with the Internal Revenue Service, they were not required to tell the Pentagon about their tax debt, acting Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall wrote in a letter to Sen. Tom Carper.

Carper, D-Del., said he wants the IRS and Pentagon to work more closely to ensure that contractors with large tax debts receive more scrutiny. (Click HERE for article)

Confusion over S3.2bn fraud penalty fund
Olawale Rasheed, Abuja Monday – (Nigerian Tribune) – April 16, 2012 – Nigeria and the United States of America are now locked in a struggle over an accumulated $3.2 billion penalty paid by American companies who were convicted of bribing Nigerian officials in order to secure juicy contracts.

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Who’s sorry now and other news

Deportation likely for porn man
Dan Oakes – (Sydney Morning Herald) – March 12, 2012 – An Australian man facing up to 10 years in prison for a child pornography offence in the United States could be deported to Australia after serving any jail sentence.

US legal documents obtained by the Herald show Christopher Mark King, 55, pleaded guilty to possessing hundreds of hardcore images and videos of young children being abused.

The documents show that King’Is employer, KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root), contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the images were found on King’s work computer by IT personnel looking for viruses. (Click HERE for article)

Double sacrifice: Family loses sons in Afghanistan
Jeannie Nuss – (Associated Press) – PRESCOTT, Ark. – March 11, 2012 – When their older brother Jeremy died in Afghanistan, Ben and Beau Wise did what loyal brothers and soldiers do. They stood solemnly in uniform at his memorial, laid red roses in front of his picture, and Ben spoke bravely to a chapel full of loved ones who came to mourn.

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Sympathy for the Devil & Judge Keith P. Ellison

Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste

No, I am not saying that Judge Keith P. Ellison has formed a cover band and is belting out  Rolling Stones tunes from his garage somewhere in Texas.  Although, he may be honing his Mick Jagger strut for a grand debut on the local music scene, and that’s fine with me.

What IS NOT fine is this……during a recent sentencing hearing of former KBR Consultant Jeffrey Tesler and former KBR CEO Albert “Jack” Stanley, statements were made by Judge Ellison which I considered as biased and down right prejudicial. I have to tell you I was fit to be tied after reading them.

Ellison said he was sympathetic to Stanley and Tesler, both of whom are well-educated, white-collar executives in their 60s. He said he’d seen studies indicating prison is harder and less effective on such defendants than it is on lower-income criminals. There should be a more productive way to use the men’s professional skills to improve society rather than just imprison them, he said at the hearing.

Jack Stanley and Jeffrey Tesler were convicted of a crime and not just any crime but a multi-million dollar bribery over a period of at least 10 years with a foreign government.   They’re both f’ing criminals and they should be in jail and I don’t give a rat’s ass if it’s hard on them.  Perhaps they should have thought about the consequences before one or both of them “lost touch with themselves.” Read the remainder of this entry »

You’re dismissed and other news

By Mel Bochner

Defense attorneys were critical of the FBI’s reliance on the informant [Richard Bistrong], an executive of a Florida body armor company [Armor Holdings] who they called a sociopathic liar with a devious mind. They said he was able to persuade federal agents to let him plead guilty to a single bribery count for more than $4.4 million in bribes to officials at the United Nations and overseas even though he had a history of bribery, embezzlement, tax evasion, drug use and solicitation of prostitutes. ~Justice gives up sting case over foreign bribes

Reliance on contractors in Afghanistan draws continuing scrutiny
Charles S. Clark  – (GovExec) – February 24, 2012 – The use of contractors in the decade-long U.S. effort to train Afghanistan’s army and police forces continues to raise policy questions as the Obama administration struggles to meet its goal of winding down the American troop presence in the volatile region.

The Government Accountability Office on Thursday reported that the Defense Department — after it took over from the State Department in 2009 the task of training and equipping Afghan security forces — hired a contracting firm without first weighing the advantages and disadvantages of assigning U.S. government personnel to train the war-torn country’s national police.

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912 and a wake-up for KBR’s Albert “Jack” Stanley!

Former Chairman and CEO of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Foreign Bribery and Kickback Schemes

Albert Jack Stanley

Stanley asked the judge for leniency, saying he’d been raised on “traditional American values of hard work, honesty and integrity.”
“But somewhere along the way my values were compromised, through ambition, ego or alcoholism,” Stanley said. “Somewhere along the way, I lost touch with Jack Stanley.” ~Bloomberg

U.K. Solicitor and Former Salesman Also Sentenced for Participation in Scheme to Bribe Nigerian Government Officials
(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – February 23, 2012 – Albert “Jack” Stanley, a former chairman and chief executive officer of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by participating in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts and for conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a separate kickback scheme, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division today announced.

U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison for the Southern District of Texas also ordered Stanley to serve three years of supervised release following the prison term and to pay $10.8 million in restitution to KBR, the victim of the separate kickback scheme. Stanley, 69, pleaded guilty on Sept. 3, 2008, to a two-count criminal information charging him with one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA and one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Two of Stanley’s co-conspirators also were sentenced by Judge Ellison. Today, Jeffrey Tesler, 63, a United Kingdom citizen and licensed solicitor, was sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Tesler also was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and previously was ordered to forfeit $148,964,568. Yesterday, Wojciech J. Chodan, 74, a United Kingdom citizen and former salesman at KBR’s U.K. subsidiary, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. Chodan previously was ordered to forfeit $726,885.

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