The former chief of contracts for International Relief & Development (IRD) in Arlington Va., one of the largest non-governmental organizations to work in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been indicted on federal bribery charges.
George E. Green, 57, was charged with steering contracts to an Afghan subcontractor as part of an agricultural program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). IRD had received a cooperative agreement to administer the agricultural program for the federal agency.
Green did not respond to an email seeking comment Friday.
“He pled not guilty at his arraignment and we will investigate the case and prepare a defense,” said Green’s lawyer, assistant federal defender Robert Arrambide. His attorney declined to discuss the charges.
Prosecutors say Green accepted $66,000 in bribes in exchange for directing work to the Afghan subcontractor. Some of the money was wired to a car dealer in San Severino Marche, Italy, in an attempt to conceal the payments, according to the indictment. Green, of Carrollton, Tex., allegedly structured cash deposits into his bank and credit card accounts to avoid federal currency reporting requirements.
Green was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Texas, charged with one count of conspiracy to structure financial transactions, one count of wire fraud and three counts of receiving bribes in connection with a program receiving federal funds. If convicted on all counts, Green faces a maximum of 55 years in prison.
In recent years, IRD has been one of the largest recipient of grants and cooperative agreements of any nonprofit organization funded by the USAID. The majority of IRD’s funding — 82 percent of $2.4 billion–went to USAID projects in the war zones, most of them in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Does anyone think excessive campaign donations should be considered brides rather than granted a free pass by both the supreme court with Citizens United and the recent budget bill Congress just put into effect?
In his excellent column on the homepage, Elliot Abrams concludes that President Obama’s prisoner swap with Cuba was essentially the shiny object to divert our attention from the real, underlying deal: Obama gave away the store – normalization of...
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After 8 American Presidents have come and gone and hardly a thing has changed it can't hurt to talk things over.....Dictatorship didn't stop America from talking to the guy before the Castros....
Inequality has always come at a severe price to everyone in the end. That cost was paid by the rich as well as the poor. The backlash of inequality in recent history was Soviet Russia and Castro in Cuba. The cost to the wealthy was tax of 100% when everyone got sick of the their dominance, greed and control took everything they had to the State which at least fed, clothed, educated people, provided a place to live, kept the lights and water on and even treated the sick and provided jobs. That is starting to sound desirable right ???? We need to reel our rich individuals and companies in before they mess everything up for everyone including their own rich families. Those rich of the past were either killed or forced to run out of the country with what rices they could take. Nowadays there will be no where for the rich to run as the austerity has gone global.
A blend of capitalism and socialism has served us well during the last century….The extreme of either of these two opposing ideas of capitalism and socialism has not served us well. Once the rich succeed in their harvest of resources, power and wealth then the backlash sets in and it has never been pretty or played out well for the rich. The desperate don't have time to be understanding or nice to the rich they feel stepped on them, took unto themselves the gains made from everyone's labor and efforts.. That backlash of extreme socialism did help the poor and working class…. But it also limits their power and rights as well as well.
Big business and its lobbyists have taken control of our politics. But there is an alternative. In the first of a new series, here’s how we can take on the fat cats Does this sometimes feel like a country under enemy occupation?
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The French firm Alstom SA (ALSO.PA) has pleaded guilty and will pay $772 million in criminal penalties to settle charges with the U.S. Justice Department alleging the company bribed government officials to win business around the world.
The settlement announced by the Justice Department on Monday marks the largest-ever criminal fine levied by the United States against a company for violations of foreign bribery laws.
The fine will resolve charges related to a "widespread scheme involving tens of millions of dollars" in bribes around the world, including countries such as Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Bahamas, the DOJ said.
The Justice Department said Alstom paid more than $75 million to secure $4 billion in projects around the world. It said Alstom admitted to its criminal conduct.
DOJ said Alstom pleaded guilty to a two-count criminal information filed in a federal court in Connecticut and that Alstom's Swiss unit also pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it conspired to violate federal bribery laws.
Alstom's U.S. power and grid units each entered into deferred prosecution agreements with the DOJ and admitted to conspiring to violate bribery laws, the Justice Department said.
"We will not wait for countries to act responsibly," Leslie R. Caldwell, assistant attorney general of the criminal division, said at a news conference.
Earlier on Monday, a unit of Alstom and two employees were also charged by the Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom with bribing officials from 2002 through part of 2010.
Craig Gabel, a Wichita Conservative who recently stood on the stage providing Pat Roberts with the tea party endorsement once summed up the role of DCF (Department of Children and Families) and the ...
With all the protests around the country about abusive law enforcement, it is a good time to ask how we as a country got into this situation. Is it simply a matter of racism permeating police departments or does it go deeper? With all of the safeguards hard-wired into the Constitution, how could we have allowed it to happen?
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Twelve year olds are shot or arrested for nothing, a 17 year old possibly hung and a man warning police he could not breath was allowed to die…All these show we need to take a real look at where we are today.
Hong Kong's student protestors erected barricades in the city's street over two months ago, to demand democratic elections; they must now decide how to prepare for a court-ordered dismantling of these sites, planned for Thursday.
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