U.S. reconstruction activities in Afghanistan, or any other conflict zone, face the constant threat of criminal conspiracies among personnel who rotate in and out of theater, infecting their successors with the virus of corruption.
Over the past five years, SIGAR’s Investigations Directorate has uncovered and detailed a classic example of this threat—an extended, widespread, and intricate pattern of criminality involving U.S. military personnel and Afghan contractors at the Humanitarian Assistance Yard (the Yard) at Bagram Airfield near Kabul, Afghanistan.
In June 2012, SIGAR investigators following leads uncovered an unusual pattern of suspect criminal activity at the Yard. They found traces of criminal activity affecting inventories, accounting, issuance of supplies, payments, and contract oversight at the Yard, which serves as a storage-and-distribution facility for millions of dollars’ worth of clothing, food, school supplies, and other items purchased from local Afghan vendors. U.S. military commanders provided those supplies to displaced Afghans as part of the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP) to meet urgent humanitarian relief needs for the Afghan people.
As the SIGAR investigators, conducted interviews, checked records, and scrutinized other evidence, they confirmed that U.S. military personnel, stateside contacts, and local Afghans had conspired in bribery, fraud, kickbacks, and money laundering. Among other improper acts, U.S. personnel took bribes from vendors or from Afghan interpreters who wanted to steer supplypurchase business to favored vendors.
The conspiracies pervaded activities at the Yard, and persisted for years as new personnel were assigned there and, in some cases, adopted the corrupt practices of their predecessors or their new colleagues. Some of the participants stayed involved remotely after they returning to the United States.
The SIGAR investigation, whether conducted independently or in cooperation with the International Contract Corruption Task Force, focused on suspect paying agents and project purchasing officers responsible for administering the replenishment contracts and on military members responsible for paying vendors.
The assembled evidence of corruption from this investigation led to a series of guilty pleas, prison terms, and forfeiture agreements as offenders were held accountable for their deeds and their dereliction of duty. The following gallery presents summaries of cases resolved or in progress as a result of the work performed by SIGAR Investigations Directorate. The stories illustrate the reality that no matter how well designed a procurement system may be, it requires strict oversight and accountability for the people who operate the mechanism.
Timothy H. Albright:
An enlisted specialist with the Pennsylvania National Guard, Albright served at Bagram Airfield between January and October 2008 processing Afghan vendors’ invoices for resupplying goods at the Yard. During that time, according to court documents, Albright accepted several payments, ranging from $200 to $10,000, for accelerating payments on an Afghan vendor’s invoices. Albright’s supervisor and an Afghan interpreter allegedly were also involved in the scheme. About $25,000 from the payments was deposited into Albright’s and his wife’s bank account; they used $18,000 of it to buy a car. Albright pled guilty to conspiracy to receive bribes, and on January 27, 2016, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. He was also ordered to forfeit $16,200 and the car, a 2008 Nissan Maxima. Noting Albright’s previous military service, his post-traumatic stress disorder, and his family’s support, Judge John E. Jones III told Albright during his sentencing, “This case is the proverbial dog’s breakfast. It’s a lousy, lousy deal for everybody involved, but it’s a situation that you caused [by repeatedly taking bribes] and you know it.”
Louis M. Bailly:
Between October 2011 and October 2012, Army Staff Sergeant Bailly served at the Yard, and was a project purchasing officer for part of that time. In 2015, the U.S. government filed charges that Bailly had conspired with two Afghan contractors, accepting about $12,000 in bribes for influencing supply-replenishment contracts. Bailly pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit an offense or to defraud the United States, and was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by a year of supervised release, and forfeiture of $10,000.
Donald P. Bunch:
U.S. Navy senior chief, Bunch served from February to August 2009 as yard boss at the Yard, and was responsible for resupplying supplies like rice, beans, and clothing, and overseeing truck loading in support of the Commander’s Emergency Response Program. Federal authorities charged that he took some $25,000 in payments from multiple Afghan vendors in return for moving their firms up in the normal rotation of suppliers, and for giving them larger and more lucrative contracts. Bunch pled guilty to one count of bribery, that is, of accepting something of value by a public official to influence the performance of an official act. In March 2016, he was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and then 24 months of supervised release, fined $5,000, and agreed to forfeit $25,000.
The presiding judge at Bunch’s trial told him, “This is not only a disgrace to the uniform that you wear and a disgrace to the country . . . , but also [serves] to encourage this type of corruption and allow it to become more widespread. . . . It undermines the authority and the position of those in government, it undermines the government itself, and it certainly, in Afghanistan and the Middle East, it undermines our efforts at trying to help those people and promote the causes that we’re trying to defend.”
Jerry W. Dennis:
Dennis was a resident of Horn Lake, Mississippi, whose son Jimmy was a U.S. Army first sergeant serving as a paying agent at the Yard. The federal criminal information document filed against Jerry Dennis charged that for a period extending up to about January 2010, Dennis conspired with his son and with landscaper friend James C. Pittman to have containers of cash from bribes shipped out of Afghanistan and handled in ways that would disguise their nature, ownership, and location. In July 2014, Jerry Dennis pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was placed on probation for two years, including six months’ home confinement, and forfeited $110,000 per a court-approved agreement.
Jimmy W. Dennis:
The son of Jerry Dennis (above), Jimmy W. Dennis was a U.S. Army first sergeant serving as a paying agent at the Yard from March 2008 to March 2009. Federal authorities charged him with conspiring with his father and a Chattanooga, Tennessee, landscaping-company owner, James C. Pittman, to move about $250,000 in bribes from Afghanistan to the United States. Dennis and Pittman knew each other from serving together at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, previous to Dennis’s deployment to Afghanistan. Jimmy Dennis pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. In January 2015, he was sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment, followed by two years’ supervised release. He also agreed to and has forfeited $115,000 and a Rolex watch.
Ramiro Pena Jr.:
Between January 2008 and September 2009, Army Sergeant First Class Pena served as a project purchasing officer at the Yard, maintaining supply orders and inventory levels. His supervisor was First Sergeant Jimmy Dennis (see above). The men processed more than 200 contracts with Afghan vendors worth about $30.7 million total. The federal charge against Pena said Dennis gave him about $100,000 and a Rolex watch from vendor bribes received, and that Pena had shipped money home to his wife. Pena pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, and in December 2015 was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by a year’s supervised release. He agreed to forfeit $100,000 and has forfeited a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and Rolex watch.
James C. Pittman:
Proprietor of a Chattanooga, Tennessee, landscaping company, Pittman was charged with conspiring with Jerry and Jimmy Dennis (see above) to transfer and launder funds received as bribes in Afghanistan. Pittman had left the military before Jimmy Dennis worked at the Yard, but was still in contact. The charge was that “on numerous occasions,” Pittman received containers of cash from Afghanistan via the Dennises, passed it through his business, and returned most of it to Jerry and Jimmy Dennis as checks for “salary.” Having pled guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering, Pittman was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, followed by a year’s supervised release. He also consented to and has forfeited $25,000.
The judge at Pittman’s trial noted that “There’s others out there that find themselves in a similar situation to you that would be tempted . . . to do what you did. That is going to be a large part of the sentence I impose today.”
Pittman marveled that “the Government can track your butt down after five years—”
“It’s pretty impressive, isn’t it?” the judge interjected.
Pittman continued. “Old friends and acquaintances from, you know, nearly 14 years in and, you know, text me . . . or whatever and be like, holy crap, you know, they caught you? . . . And I was like . . . they can find you anywhere.”
David A. Turcios:
David A. Turcios, a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant, began working at the Yard in November 2010 as a paying agent and contracting officer representative, and was involved with nine CERP supply contracts worth more than $2 million. Turcios worked closely with two Afghan interpreters who gave him names of vendors they were proposing for contracts. They gave Turcios gifts, jewelry, and thousands of dollars, some of which was not paid until after Turcios returned to the United States.
On October 23, 2018, in the Eastern District of California, Turcios was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $500 forfeiture, after pleading guilty to receiving and agreeing to receive a bribe.
|Abul Huda Farouki; Mazen Farouki; Salah Maarouf||Indictment||
Three Senior Executives at Defense Contracting Firms Indicted for Defrauding the U.S. Military in Connection with $8 Billion Contract and for Violating the Iran Sanctions Regime
On November 27, 2018, in the District of Columbia, Abul Huda Farouki, his brother Mazen Farouki, and Salah Maarouf, were each charged with two counts of major fraud, one count of conspiracy to violate the restrictions on doing business with Iran, four counts of substantive violations of those restrictions, and one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering. On November 29, 2018, all three individuals were arrested in Washington, DC, by SIGAR and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents.
Abul Huda Farouki was the chief executive officer of ANHAM FZCO, a defense contractor based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Mazen Farouki was president and founder of Unitrans International Inc., an international logistics company with close ties to ANHAM FZCO. Salah Maarouf operated a company that procured goods and services for ANHAM FZCO.
According to the indictment, DOD awarded ANHAM FZCO an $8 billion contract in 2012 to provide food and supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. As part of the bidding process, the subjects allegedly caused ANHAM FZCO to represent that it would build two warehouses in Afghanistan to provide supplies to U.S. forces. They schemed to defraud DOD in connection with the Subsistence Prime Vendor for Afghanistan food-service contract by submitting bids that contained knowingly false estimates of the completion dates for the warehouses and by providing the government with misleading photographs intended to convey that ANHAM FZCO’s progress on the warehouses was further along than it actually was. Specifically, in February 2012, the three subjects and others caused ANHAM FZCO employees to transport equipment and materials to the proposed site of one of the warehouse complexes to create the false appearance of an active construction site. They photographed the site, provided the photographs to DOD, and then largely dismantled the staged construction site.
According to the indictment, rather than ship trucks to supply the U.S. military in Afghanistan using legal routes, the three defendants also conspired to cut costs by transporting construction material through Iran, in violation of economic sanctions imposed by the United States prohibiting the shipping of goods through Iranian ports to locations in Afghanistan and elsewhere in Asia.
|Abdul Saboor Aman||Indictment||
U.S. Government Contractor Indicted for Language Interpreter Fraud Scheme
On November 7, 2018, in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, Abdul Saboor Aman was indicted for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and major fraud against the United States. On November 8, 2018, Aman self-surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service in Baltimore, MD, and made his initial appearance before a federal magistrate judge, entering a plea of not guilty.
As a recruiter for a U.S. government contractor, Aman allegedly circumvented procedures designed to ensure candidates for jobs as language interpreters for the U.S. military met proficiency standards, which resulted in unqualified interpreters being hired and later deployed alongside U.S. military combat forces in Afghanistan. Aman’s employer was a subcontractor on a multimillion-dollar DOD contract to supply qualified language interpreters to support U.S. and Coalition operations in Afghanistan. To carry out the fraud, Aman arranged for an associate to take language proficiency tests on behalf of candidates he knew could not meet minimum proficiency standards.
SIGAR and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) are investigating the matter.
|Ministry of Interior, Information and Communications Technology (MOI-ICT)||Savings to the U.S. Government||
Investigation Results in Over $1 Million Savings for U.S. Government
In February 2018, SIGAR met with representatives of Afghan civil society and members of the U.S. military, CSTC-A, Counter Corruption Advisory Group (CCAG), and Resolute Support, in Kabul, regarding an assessment and information received relating to corruption at the procurement section at the Ministry of Interior, Information and Communications Technology (MOI-ICT). At the time, SIGAR's hotline also received related information.
SIGAR and members of CCAG identified a number of witnesses and sources that corroborated the information previously received, including significant evidence of procurement fraud related to the implementation of tens of millions of dollars in contracts for technical equipment at the MOI-ICT. SIGAR worked closely with officials at CCAG in gathering evidence related to the ongoing fraud.
In early 2018, the MOI-ICT initiated a procurement action to purchase additional technical equipment in the amount of $1,176,000 which was denied due to the findings of the investigation, resulting in $1,176,000 in savings to the U.S. government.
|Joseph Russell Graff||Guilty Plea||
Former U.S. Army Soldier Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Illegal Firearms
On November 19, 2018, in the Eastern District of North Carolina, former U.S. Army Special Forces member Joseph Russell Graff pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of illegal firearms. This was count 30 of a 33-count indictment previously reported. Sentencing is currently scheduled for February 19, 2019.
Graff smuggled various illegally obtained automatic weapons from Afghanistan during his 2012–2013 military deployment. In addition, while in the process of decommissioning the Special Forces compound within a forward operating base, Graff allegedly allowed U.S. military equipment to be stolen and sold on the black market. He subsequently smuggled his illegal proceeds, estimated at $350,000, inside his personal belongings and shuffled the money among various U.S. banks to avoid bank reporting requirements. Graff used the majority of the money for a down payment on a home, installation of an in-ground pool, and vehicles.
|Michael Dale Gilbert||Sentencing||
U.S. Government Contractor Sentenced for the Theft, Sale, and Illegal Transport of U.S. Government Property
On November 13, 2018, in the District of Arizona, Michael Dale Gilbert was sentenced to a five-month prison term for one count of theft of government property; two counts of unauthorized sale, conveyance and disposition of government property; and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. Five-month prison terms for each of the four counts are to run concurrently, followed by five months of home confinement. Additionally, Gilbert was sentenced to supervised release for a term of 36 months for each count, to run concurrently, and ordered to pay restitution of $33,371.
Gilbert was an employee of PAE, a U.S. government contractor, and served as an escort for the State Department at Kandahar Air Field (KAF). Gilbert also served as the point of contact for the State Foreign Excess Property program, through which usable government property no longer needed by the original user was reallocated to other government users.
Gilbert stole and shipped approximately 40 boxes of government property from KAF to relatives in Florida. While on home leave in Arizona, Gilbert drove to Florida to transfer the items to his home and shipped additional boxes of government-owned items directly to his home. Some of the items were sold for personal gain.
SIGAR and State OIG investigated this matter.
Former Employee of U.S. Government Contractor Sentenced for Transporting Stolen Money
On October 11, 2018, in the Southern District of Ohio, Frantz Florville was sentenced to 10 months’ home confinement, three years’ probation, a forfeiture of $104,000, and a special assessment of $100, after pleading guilty to one count of transportation of stolen money.
Florville was a project specialist for the prime contractor on a $7.9 million U.S. government contract. While working in Afghanistan, Florville became suspicious of a coworker, Nebraska McAlpine, who was taking illegal kickbacks from an Afghan subcontractor, and took steps to record conversations between McAlpine and the subcontractor. After the last recorded meeting, Florville entered McAlpine’s office, found a bag containing $108,000 and took the bag. Florville admitted that he used $25,000 of the stolen money to purchase nine diamonds. On a flight from Afghanistan to the United Arab Emirates, Florville hid $79,000 in boots that were specifically purchased and altered to conceal the stolen money.
SIGAR, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), and Army CIDMPFU investigated this matter.
|David A Turcios||Sentencing||
Retired U.S. Military Member Sentenced for Bribery
On October 23, 2018, in the Eastern District of California, David A. Turcios, a retired U.S. Air Force staff sergeant, was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $500 forfeiture, after pleading guilty to receiving and agreeing to receive a bribe.
Turcios is one of eight subjects of a major bribery investigation that focused on Afghan contractors paying bribes to U.S. military personnel in return for government contracts associated with the Humanitarian Aid Yard (Yard) at Bagram Airfield. As part of the Commander’s Emergency Response Program to meet humanitarian relief needs of Afghans, the Yard served as a storage-and-distribution facility for clothing, food, and other items purchased from local Afghan vendors. Investigators uncovered criminal activity affecting inventories, payments, and contract oversight, and confirmed that U.S. military personnel, stateside contacts, and local Afghans had conspired in bribery, kickbacks, and money-laundering schemes. Among other improper acts, U.S. personnel took bribes from vendors to steer business to favored vendors. The conspiracies at the Yard persisted for years.
SIGAR, FBI, DCIS, Army CID-MPFU, and Air Force OSI investigated this matter.
U.S. Government Contractor Indicted for Fraudulent Scheme
On December 12, 2018, in the District of South Carolina, former U.S. government contractor Antonio Jones was charged in an indictment for his alleged role in selling falsified resumes and counterfeit U.S. government training certificates to individuals seeking employment on U.S. government contracts in Afghanistan between 2012 and 2015. Jones was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud government contractors and the United States, nine counts of wire fraud, and three counts of false statements.
Jones allegedly falsified his clients’ resumes and manufactured counterfeit U.S. government training certificates for his clients to make them appear more qualified than they were. Jones and his clients then used the falsified documents in job applications submitted to U.S. government contractors. At least two U.S. government contractors, one based in South Carolina, working on a multibillion dollar DOD contract, hired personnel allegedly based on false documents that Jones created and supplied or caused to be supplied to them.
|International Development Law Organization, Justice Training Transition Program||$1 Million Savings for U.S. Government||
Investigation Yields $1 Million Savings for U.S. Government
On October 16, 2018, it was confirmed that a SIGAR investigation had resulted in a $1,024,075 savings to the U.S. government.
In 2016, SIGAR received eight complaints alleging the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) Justice Training Transition Program (JTTP) had mismanaged funds. An investigation was initiated, focusing largely on interviews of former and current JTTP employees.
As a result of an investigation into the JTTP program, information was passed to the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) about problems that had been reported in the JTTP program. Additionally, INL was advised that a separate investigation conducted by the Netherlands government had suspended $16 million in unrestricted funding to IDLO due to IDLO mismanagement. As a result, INL decided not to extend the JTTP program; in February 2018, the program ended with an unexpended balance of $1,024,075.
Former Owner of Marble Mining Company Convicted for Defrauding the U.S. and Defaulting on a $15.8 Million Loan
On September 24, 2018, Adam Doost, the former owner of a now-defunct marble mining company in Afghanistan, was found guilty by a federal jury for his role in defrauding the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a U.S. government agency, and defaulting on a $15.8 million loan.
After a seven-day trial, Doost was convicted of three counts of major fraud against the United States, eight counts of wire fraud, four counts of false statements on loan applications or extensions, and five counts of money laundering.
The evidence admitted at trial showed that in February 2010, while working at his company, Equity Capital Mining LLC, Doost, along with his brother, obtained a $15.8 million loan from OPIC for the development, maintenance, and operation of a marble mine in western Afghanistan. The loan proceeds were paid directly from OPIC to the alleged vendors, who provided equipment for the mine, as reported to OPIC by Doost or his consultant.
Doost was required to deal with these companies in arms-length transactions or, to the extent any transactions were other than at arms-length, he was required to report to OPIC any affiliation he had with a vendor. Instead, Doost falsely informed OPIC that he had no affiliation with any of the vendors with whom he dealt, when in fact he had financial relationships with several of them. The evidence further showed that Doost’s business partner was listed on the bank accounts for a number of these vendors and, upon receiving money from OPIC into the respective accounts, significant amounts of this money were then transferred to companies and individuals with whom Doost was associated, or to pay debts Doost owed.
For example, Doost’s consultant received a commission of $444,000 for his purported consulting services with the first of three disbursements from OPIC, yet $40,000 was transferred from the consultant’s account to a Doost company in California.
The evidence at trial further showed that when the time came for Equity Capital Mining LLC to repay the loan to OPIC, Doost provided purported reasons to OPIC why it was not able to make those repayments at a time when Doost had sufficient funds. Ultimately, Doost and his brother failed to repay any of the principal on the OPIC loan, paying only a limited amount of interest, and ultimately defaulted on the loan.
SIGAR, with assistance from the FBI, investigated the case.
|Major General Mohammad Anwar Kohistani; Mohammad Amin, Ministry of Interior (MOI) Procurement Officer at the Police Cooperative Fund; and Ghulam Ali Wahadat, MOI Deputy Minister||Convictions/Sentencings||
Three High-Ranking Ministry of Interior Officials Convicted and Sentenced for Embezzlement Scheme
On September 26, 2018, the Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) Primary Court convicted a high-ranking MOI official, Major General Mohammad Anwar Kohistani, for misuse of authority and embezzling over 109,398,000 afghani (approximately $1.7 million) and sentenced him to 11 years in prison. Kohistani’s co-conspirators, Mohammad Amin, MOI Procurement Officer at the Police Cooperative Fund, and Ghulam Ali Wahadat, MOI Deputy Minister, were convicted and sentenced to 13 months and three years in prison, respectively.
In 2016, the Inspector General of the MOI requested SIGAR’s assistance in investigating the director of the MOI Police Cooperative Fund, Major General Kohistani, and the MOI Police Cooperative Fund. A joint investigation by SIGAR and ACJC prosecutors uncovered significant evidence of fraud and abuse of the Cooperative Fund by Kohistani. In November 2017, ACJC prosecutors outlined numerous violations in a report to the Afghan Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and requested Kohistani’s arrest and prosecution. On January 15, 2018, Kohistani was arrested by Major Crimes Task Force investigators and charged with embezzlement.
U.S. Contractor Sentenced for Conspiracy to Defraud the U.S.
On July 25, 2018, in the Middle District of Florida, James Barber, the owner of Effects Analytics LLC, was sentenced to 36 months’ probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.
In 2012, a $249 million U.S. Army contract was awarded to Leonie Industries LLC (Leonie), for face-to-face public opinion polling in Afghanistan. In exchange for confidential government information, Barber offered a $25,000 kickback to an employee of Leonie, Jeremy Serna, who was assigned to work the contract. Serna stole the requested information and provided it to Barber, who used it to negotiate and obtain a subcontract award from Leonie. Additionally, Barber offered Serna employment with ORB International, a United Kingdom public opinion polling company. Serna was sentenced for theft of government property on January 24, 2018.
The investigation was conducted by SIGAR, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), with assistance from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
|Michael D. Gilbert||Conviction||
U.S. Contractor Convicted for Theft and Sale of U.S. Government Property
On July 18, 2018, in the District of Arizona, Michael D. Gilbert was convicted of one count of theft of government property, two counts of unauthorized sale, conveyance and disposition of government property, and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property.
Gilbert was an employee of PAE, a U.S. government contractor, and served as an escort for the Department of State at Kandahar Air Field (KAF). Gilbert also served as the point of contact for the State Foreign Excess Property program, through which usable government property no longer needed by the original user was reallocated to other government users.
Gilbert stole and shipped approximately 40 boxes of government property from KAF to relatives in Florida. While on home leave in Arizona, Gilbert drove to Florida to transfer the items to his home. Gilbert shipped additional boxes of government-owned items directly to his home. Some of the items shipped were subsequently sold for personal gain.
SIGAR and State Department Office of Inspector General investigated this matter.
|Liberty Global Logistics||Civil Settlement||
SIGAR Investigation Results in $294,800 Civil Settlement
On July 9, 2018, a federal civil settlement was entered into by the U.S. DOJ, Southern District of Illinois United States Attorney’s Office, and Liberty Global Logistics LLC (LGL), by which LGL will pay the U.S. government $294,800 for breach of contract claims with U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).
An investigation was initiated after USTRANSCOM reported that LGL submitted invoices for security services which allegedly were never provided. USTRANSCOM had received a Request for Equitable Adjustment (REA) from LGL requesting payment for convoy security services related to the transportation of military cargo to various military bases in Afghanistan. However, USTRANSCOM identified several security call signs used as verification that security was provided by the Afghanistan Public Protection Force that were false. The investigation determined at least 33 false call signs were submitted to LGL by its subcontractors and which LGL included in the invoices submitted to USTRANSCOM for payment during 2016 and 2017.
The investigation was conducted by SIGAR, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, DCIS, and CID.
Investigation Results in Arrest of French Citizen in Afghanistan
On September 5, 2018, as a result of a joint SIGAR/Afghan Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF) investigation, Michel LeMaire, a French citizen, was arrested in Kabul by members of MCTF and is currently incarcerated pending Afghan judicial proceedings.
An investigation was initiated based upon allegations from Afghan Diamond Logistics Services Company (ADLSC),that an individual identifying himself as James Woods represented himself as an American procurement officer for Mercy Corps and awarded two fictitious subcontracts for the delivery of fuel and beverages to Camp Camelot, in Kabul. ADLSC was never paid for approximately $752,864 worth of goods delivered to Camp Camelot. Woods was later identified as Michel LeMaire. LeMaire was implicated as one of the orchestrators of the criminal scheme. The investigation identified numerous, additional victims of LeMaire. MCTF reported the investigative findings to the AGO and requested LeMaire’s arrest and prosecution. SIGAR collaborated on several occasions with AGO prosecutors to further the execution of arrest warrants for LeMaire.