US Army officer charged in Iraq fraud scam




 
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December 16th, 2005  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: US Army officer charged in Iraq fraud scam


WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A U.S. Army officer was arrested on
Thursday for stealing between $80,000 and $100,000 in funds from the U.S.
governing administration in Iraq and using the money to install a deck and
hot hub in her New Jersey home.
The U.S. Justice Department said Army Reserve Lt. Col. Debra
Harrison, 47, who served with the Coalition Provisional Authority, was
arrested on charges involving bribery, money laundering and fraud.
Harrison is the second army officer and the fourth person charged in
the past few weeks in connection with the scheme.
The Justice Department said Harrison was on active duty for the U.S.
Army in 2003 and 2004, and was responsible for developing contract
solicitations and ordering contracts for reconstruction efforts for the
Coalition Provisional Authority -- South Central Region.
According to court papers, Harrison and her co-conspirators accepted
money and gifts in return for using their official positions to rig contract
bids.
An affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey said she
used the money to add a deck and put in a hot tub at her home in Trenton,
New Jersey, accepted a Cadillac Escalade worth about $50,000 and a $6,000
airline ticket from a contractor in return for rigging the bids.
Harrison was also accused of laundering funds from the CPA.
In the affidavit, Harrison was also charged with numerous firearms
charges, including conspiring to embezzle and possess pistols, automatic
machine guns and grenade launchers bought with CPA funds.
She is charged along with her co-conspirators of using the CPA funds
to buy dozens of firearms and related military-grade hardware in North
Carolina for their own use.
If convicted, Harrison faces up to 30 years in prison.
December 16th, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 
Quote:
install a deck and
hot hub in her New Jersey home.
Corrupt people can be found every where!