Former U.S. official admits to kickbacks in Iraq
A former U.S. occupation official in Iraq pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to steal more than $2 million and rigging bids on $8.6 million in reconstruction contracts.
Robert J. Stein, 50, of Fayetteville, N.C., admitted that he and his coconspirators smuggled millions of dollars out of Iraq into the United States aboard commercial airliners and laundered cash through multiple bank accounts in Switzerland, Amsterdam and Romania.
Stein was a Defense Department employee who served as a contract official for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, controlling more than $82 million in funds slated for rebuilding the Middle Eastern country.
Our tax dollars at work.
Somehow this will be overlooked by most of the press and then the conservative yakkers will say it got too much play time in the Mainstream Media. These type of crimes are particularly heinous as not only do they rob the Iraqi people of necessisities, but the Amreican taxpayer as well.
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