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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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Terry Hall sentenced to 3 years + 3 months for bribery & money laundering at Camp Arifjan

Former Army Contractor Sentenced to 39 Months in Prison for Role in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to DoD Contracts

To Date, 17 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – March 20, 2012 – Terry Hall, 45, was sentenced today in Birmingham, Ala., to 39 months in prison for his participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. 

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins for the Northern District of Alabama also ordered Hall to serve one year of supervised release following the prison term.  Hall has agreed to forfeit $15,757,000 as well as real estate and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Hall pleaded guilty on Feb. 18, 2010, to bribery conspiracy and money laundering and agreed to testify against his co-defendants, former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley and his wife, Eurica Pressley.  The Pressleys were convicted on March 1, 2011, of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services fraud, money laundering conspiracy and engaging in monetary transactions with criminal proceeds. 

The case against Hall and the Pressleys arose from a corruption probe focusing on Camp Arifjan, a U.S. military base in Kuwait.  As a result of this investigation, 17 individuals, including Hall, have pleaded guilty or been found guilty at trial for their roles in the scheme. 

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Eurica Pressley receives 6 year sentence for role in Iraq war bribery scheme

Wife of Former Army Major Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison for Role in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to Dod Contracts

To Date, 17 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – February 23, 2012 – Eurica Pressley, 39, was sentenced today in Birmingham, Ala., to 72 months in prison for her participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins for the Northern District of Alabama also ordered Pressley to serve three years of supervised release following the prison term and to forfeit $21 million as well as real estate and several automobiles, jointly with her husband, Eddie Pressley.   On Jan. 5, 2012, Eddie Pressley, was sentenced to 144 months in prison.   He also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release.

“Eurica Pressley helped her husband and others facilitate a wide-ranging bribery and money laundering scheme by hiding ill-gotten gains and creating phony paperwork to help conceal the conspirators’ crimes,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.   “Through the determined efforts of our agents and prosecutors, 17 individuals have now been brought to justice for their role in this multi-million dollar bribery scheme.”

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Former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley Sentenced to 12 years for corruption related to the Iraq war

The Department of Justice sentenced another former U.S. Army Officer yesterday, former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley. Once again they patted themselves on the back for showing America that corruption and criminal behavior will not be tolerated etc. They are standing sentry duty to protect our tax dollars  blah, blah, blah.  While I applaud their efforts to lance the festering boil of malfeasance in USG contracting, they have yet to scratch the surface of the problem.  For every criminal they catch, they seem to be letting 100’s of real crooks sneak out the backdoor with truckloads of those supposedly sacred tax dollars, 30-60 millions worth, according to the Commission on Wartime Contracting’s final report.

I have to wonder if the DoJ will continue to prosecute a smattering of individuals for things like timesheet fraud.   That’s right folks that little old trip to the PX, if undocumented, could get you arrested.  Perhaps you should change your name to something like John Smith, Inc. or J. Q. Public, LLC, so the DoJ will know that you are not an arrest worthy petty criminal but you are in fact a legitimate business, indemnified by the DoD with a license to steal.

The DoJ needs to  indict and prosecute the big players in the debacle we know as government contracting, as well as the individual law breakers & profiteers!  Until the DoJ steps up to the plate there will be no justice! ~Forseti

Former Army Major Sentenced to Prison in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to DoD Contracts in Support of Iraq War

To Date, 17 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

WASHINGTON – Eddie Pressley, 41, a former U.S. Army contracting official, was sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., for his participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

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David Isenberg: Now Will You Do Something?

Najlaa CEO Bill Baisey aka Fathalla Belbaisi (photo from Facebook)

Najlaa CEO Bill Baisey aka Fathalla Belbaisi (photo from Facebook)

David Isenberg – (Huffington Post) – November 18, 2011 – Normally, I’m not one to go around saying “I told you so,” but (you knew a “but” was coming) I can’t help but point you to Document 172 (Sentencing Memo) of Case 5:09-cr-00154-VEH -PWG, United States of America v. Eddie Presley, and Eurica Pressley, defendants filed on November 13 in the U.S. District Court for Northern Alabama, Northeastern Division.

This document has to do with the now infamous Eddie Pressley fraud case. For those unfamiliar with this the bottom line is that as an Army officer assigned to the Kuwait contracting office, Pressley was responsible for soliciting and reviewing bids for contracts for goods and services for Department of Defense (“DoD”) necessary to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, arranging for contracts to be awarded to DoD contractors, and arranging for calls to be issued under blanket purchase agreements awarded to such contractors.

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