Australian Man Pleads Guilty to Accepting Payment As Reward for Steering $15 Million in US-Funded Contracts in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - A former senior construction manager who worked as an agent for an intergovernmental organization pleaded guilty today to seeking $190,000 in payments as a reward for steering U.S.-funded contracts in Afghanistan, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.; Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Inspector General Donald A. Gambatesa; Acting Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) Steven J Trent; and James

Former Louis Berger Group, Inc. CEO Surrenders to Face Indictment Charging Fraudulent Billing Scheme for Iraq, Afghanistan Reconstruction

NEWARK, N.J. – The former president and CEO of New Jersey-based international engineering consulting company Louis Berger Group, Inc. (“LBG”) surrendered to the FBI this morning to face a six-count Indictment alleging he led a scheme to intentionally overbill the United States in connection with hundreds of millions of dollars in overseas reconstruction contracts over a nearly 20-year period, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Former Congressman Sentenced for Obstructing Justice, IARA Ex-Officials Sentenced for Transferring More Than $1 Milliion to Iraq

WASHINGTON, DC — Mark Deli Siljander, a former Michigan congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was sentenced in federal court on January 11, 2012, for obstruction of justice and for acting as an unregistered foreign agent related to his work for an Islamic charity with ties to international terrorism. Several officials and employees of that charity, the now-defunct Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA) formerly headquartered in Columbia, Mo., also were sentenced in federal court on January 11.

Harbert Companies Agree to Pay $47 Million To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

WASHINGTON - Harbert Corporation, Harbert International, Inc., Bill Harbert International Constructions Inc., Harbert Construction Services (U.K.) Ltd. and Bilhar International Establishment have agreed to pay the United States $47 million to settle claims that they submitted false claims, and caused others to submit false claims, to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Justice Department announced today.

Former Deputy Director of USAID Contractor and His Wife Accused of Embezzling More Than $1 Million Meant for Global Health

WASHINGTON - Mark Adams, 43, a former deputy director at a private USAID contractor, and his wife, Latasha Bell, 36, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that they stole more than $1 million from a program meant to address global health problems such as HIV/AIDS. Among other things, Adams and Bell are accused in the indictment of using the money to renovate their home and purchase two luxury cars worth over $110,000.

Former Development Contractor Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison and $10,000 Fine

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The Afghan Special Anti-Corruption Tribunal Court sentenced Din Mohammad Ramin, a former employee on a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for soliciting and receiving a kickback of approximately $5,000.

Ramin was arrested on December 18, 2011 and sentenced on March 27, 2012. The action came as part of an on-going campaign against fraud and waste in U.S. aid efforts in Afghanistan.

Former Deputy Director of USAID Contractor and His Wife Plead Guilty to Embezzling More Than $1 Million

WASHINGTON - Mark Adams, a former deputy director at a private contractor that did business with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and his wife, Latasha Bell, pled guilty today to federal conspiracy charges stemming from the embezzlement of more than $1 million from a program meant to address global health problems. Among other things, Adams and Bell admitted using the money to renovate their home and purchase a luxury car.