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USACE employee Thomas Aram Manok pleads guilty to Iraq bribery charges

Thomas Manok (photo LinkedIn)

Execute USACE Army Corp of Engineers projects as part of rebuilding Iraq program. Manage public work, military base and Iraqi infrastructure building construction projects. Mentor and train Iraqi Engineers to step up to the Western techniques in financial and financial project schedule management. ~LinkedIn Profile

He apparently also worked for ECC and was the Deputy Program Manager for Stanley Baker Hill (SBH),  in Iraq, prior to landing the USACE gig. I hope the DoD, DoJ and FBI are reviewing his dealings at SBH & ECC too! ~Forseti

Former Army Corps of Engineers Employee Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes from Iraqi Contractors

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – September 19, 2011 – A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to receive bribes from Iraqi contractors involved in the U.S.-funded reconstruction efforts, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge James W. McJunkin of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Thomas Aram Manok, 50, of Chantilly, Va., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia.   Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 9, 2011.   Manok faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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Stolen KBR laptop “may have” contained employee and contractor personal info

Thanks to the “Office Of Inadequate Security” for staying on top of these issues.

A stolen laptop with employee and contractor information belonging to Houston-based engineering and construction firm KBR was reported to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on January 21.

The date of theft was not mentioned, nor were the total number of individuals who had their names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security Numbers and Employee ID numbers on the laptop, although the notification indicated that the laptop “may have contained” personal information of “some current and former” employees and contractors.  Why do they write “may have?” Don’t they know what was on their own company laptop?

Ten of those affected were New Hampshire residents.

The notification doesn’t even indicate how or where or when the laptop was stolen, saying only that the company had “recently learned” of the theft and the theft had been reported to law enforcement.

This is why we need a mandatory notification law that includes specific elements, folks.

KBR’s letter to affected employees and contractors does not offer them any free services such as credit monitoring.

According to the company’s profile on its web site, KBR has more than 40,000 employees in 45 countries on five continents. (click HERE for the original post)

Keep in mind, if you’re like me and have moved and/or changed your email address since you worked for KBR, they may not have your current contact information and you may not have been notified. I have to ask, why is personal employee information on a laptop? Why isn’t it secured on a company server?

December 2010 we blogged about a stolen Wackenhut laptop  with personal employee information on it and last year we blogged about SBH’s distribution of 269 employee names and social security numbers.

I have always been a proponent of credit monitoring and taking control of your credit reports. This is why and not knowing which current and former employees and contractors are affected I urge anyone who has worked for KBR in the past to get copies of their three credit reports, correct errors and monitor them closely.

Here’s some great identity theft information HERE.

Ms Sparky

Stolen hard drives put former Iraq firefighters at risk

On December 9, Wackenhut Services, LLC (WSLLC) President David W. Foley sent a letter to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and informed them that:

On November 29, 2010, we discovered that certain hard drives shipped from our office in Iraq were stolen in transit to out US offices along with other office equipment. After investigation, on November 30, 2010 we determined, to the best of our knowledge, that the stolen hard drives contained personal information of certain of our past employees. Based on our investigation, we believe that the stolen hard drives contained the following unencrypted personal information of our past employees: (i) first and last names, (ii) social security numbers, (iii) passport numbers, (iv) last known home addresses and (v) date of birth and place of birth.

On December 13, 2010 WSLLC notified each of the affected personnel via the US Postal Service to inform them of the breach. They were offered a one year subscription to ConsumerInfo.com credit monitoring service and some advice on how to best protect their credit.

Wackenhut was the primary provider of fire protection services at FOB’s/COB’s in Iraq from 2004 until they lost the contract in Nov 2010. The loss of the contract would account for the reason the hard drives and office equipment was being shipped back to the states. That’s six years worth of employee information on those hard drives. We could easily be talking about 10,000 affected employees.

I’ve contacted WSLLC for answers to specific questions and asked if they would like to make a statement regarding this incident. As of the publishing of this post I have yet to received a response from them.

Wackenhut is not the first company to lose control of it’s employees personal information. A an employee of joint Venture Stanley Baker Hill (SBH) and DAAR published and distributed  the names and social security of 269 employees working in Iraq and elsewhere. SBH was the contractor awarded the task of electrical inspections in Iraq for Task Force SAFE. They have since been replaced Versar International Inc.. Many victims on this list were employees of the individual companies in Iraq and elsewhere and had no association with the SBH joint venture.  I believe the four individual companies of  Stanley Consutants, Michael Baker Corporation, Hill International,  or DAAR Engineering still have US Government contracts.  At the time of that posting SHB still had not officially notified everyone on the list. Many found out about the breach after reading the article on MsSparky.com. I do not believe SBH ever contacted any State Attorney General’s office.

If you have more information regarding the Wackenhut information breach, please us know.

Ms Sparky

Ms Sparky – wrapping up 2009

Before I give you all the “Mosts for 2009″ I want to share some 2009 “MsSparky.com” stats with you . I realize these stats would be considered a failure for blogs such as the Huffington Post, but MsSparky.com has come a long way since  I started keeping stats in June 2008 and I am very proud of that. It is “MsSparky.com” readers, commentors and guest writers (THANK YOU Forseti) who have contributed to these stats which ultimately results in getting the word out about KBR and contractor fraud in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait!

My goal for 2010 is to have numbers at least 5 times greater than 2009!

Month/Year Unique Visitors Total # of Visits Total # of Pages Viewed Hits
June 2008 171 520 3,538 7,133
January 2009 4,728 9,155 29,391 144,978
December 2009 23,014 48,392 558,638 1,691,847
Total for 2009 112,963 245,021 1,295,953 4,722,183

Technorati.com is a blog tracking and rating site. I tried to find the official number of blogs they tracked in 2009 and didn’t find it. But in 2008 it was over 113 million just English speaking blogs. I am expecting 2009 to be in the 100’s of millions of English speaking blogs. My Technorati Authority (rating) is 135. That puts MsSparky.com in the top 20,000 blogs that Technorati tracks. Yes….the Huffington Post is #1. Read the remainder of this entry »

Ms Sparky’s “Top 10″ villainous blogging inspirations for 2009


What would the end of the year be without a “Top 10″ list? I have seen “Top 10″ best, “Top 10″ worst and just about every other “Top 10″ list you can think of. So I decided I would create my very own. It was difficult to decide on just what I should “Top 10″.  Should I “Top 10″ DoD contractor scandals, indictments, lawsuits and hearings? That would be more like a “Top 100″.  Then it came to me. Why not honor, or at least recognize, those who have unintentionally inspired me and provided me with the fertile soil (aka bull sh*t) that has allowed the seeds of disbelief, disgust and disdain to flourish in my posts at MsSparky.com.

Here is my “Top 10″ list of those who kept me fired up, pissed off and the keyboard smokin’ in 2009:

10. Bruce Stanski – who resigned from KBR and before the ink was dry on his resignation letter, slithered on over to Fluor. More and more of Stanski’s KBR comrades have  joined “Team Fluor” now known as KBR East. Hello Fluor!! Let’s not forget that Bruce Almighty was at the helm of KBR when the majority of fraud, waste, abuse and other crimes were being committed. If you lie down with dogs, expect to get fleas!

9. DynCorp –  who appears to be on the brink of losing their piece of LOGCAP IV due in part to their recruiting of managers from the cesspool of former KBR managers and supervisors. (Are you paying attention Fluor?) Dyncorp has also provided us with an abundance of disgruntled disheartened employees who are more than willing to spill the beans! Read the remainder of this entry »