“Got kitesurfing on the mind, mixed with some search & classification tech, and a dab of political ranting”

Oh yeah…and SURPRISE!

Posted by direwolff on November 18, 2005

I wonder when the explanation for why there’s still no accounting for the billions that went into the reconstruction in Iraq will be forthcoming? Two down, and surely several more to go…

Ex-Official Held in Bid-Rig Scheme
By Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — A former U.S. contract supervisor in Iraq has become the first current or former American official to face criminal charges in connection with the multibillion-dollar reconstruction of the country, federal authorities said Thursday.

Robert J. Stein Jr., 50, a former Coalition Provisional Authority official in Hillah, Iraq, was arrested in Fayetteville, N.C., in connection with an allegedly fraudulent scheme to award construction contracts worth more than $18 million. Philip H. Bloom, 65, a New Jersey businessman, allegedly paid Stein at least $630,000 in kickbacks for his part in a bid-rigging scheme in 2003 and 2004, according to documents filed by the Justice Department in Washington.


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