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USACE employee Salama Markus pleads guilty to contracting crimes in Tikrit

Former U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Employee Pleads Guilty To Multimillion-Dollar Bribery, Kickback Scheme

(DoJ) – NEWARK, N.J. – September 7, 2012 – A former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) employee deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom today admitted taking at least $3.7 million in bribes and kickbacks in connection with more than $50 million in USACE contracts awarded to foreign companies in Gulf Region North, Iraq, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Egyptian-born U.S. citizen John Alfy Salama Markus, 40, of Nazareth, Pa., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to three counts of a 54-count Indictment returned in July 2011 charging him with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and to defraud the U.S. government, money laundering, and tax offenses. Two other USACE employees and two foreign contractors also were charged in the July 2011 Indictment.

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Spelling it out for contractors & other news

Three former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) employees and two foreign contractors are charged in a 54-count Indictment for their alleged roles in a bribery and kickback scheme and for defrauding the U.S. government in connection with the award of more than $50 million in USACE construction and infrastructure contracts in Iraq… ~ U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey

Kuwait’s Agility says committed to resolve U.S. dispute
Eman Goma – (Reuters) – KUWAIT – July 17, 2011- Kuwaiti logistics firm Agility said it was committed to resolve the dispute with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), following an adverse ruling last week, the firm said in a statement on Sunday.

“The company continues to believe the case involves a civil contract dispute and should not be a criminal matter,” Agility said in the statement.  (Click HERE for article)

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: the Chamber of Commerce’s Campaign to Weaken the Act and a Potential Investigation into News Corp.
Bryan Rahija – (POGO) – July 16, 2011 – I’d wager that until this week, most Americans (except, of course, for the dutiful readers of this humble blog) probably hadn’t heard of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Now, as the ugly scandal involving News of the World unfolds, the 1977 statute has been thrust into the limelight.

The FCPA makes it illegal for U.S. companies to bribe foreign officials, and this week, several lawmakers have called on the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate whether News Corp., Rupert Murdoch’s media heavyweight and parent company of the now-shuttered News of the World, violated the Act.

Yesterday, CNN reported that Attorney General Eric Holder is looking these requests to investigate and other allegations:

“There have been serious allegations raised in that regard in Great Britain; there is an ongoing investigation,” Holder told reporters in Sydney, Australia.

“There have been members of Congress in the United States who have asked us to investigate those same allegations. And we are progressing in the regard using the appropriate federal agencies in the United Sates.”

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