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Entries in Afghanistan (43)

Friday
Feb032017

Is Afghanistan (remember that one?) America's worst investment ever?

Special Inspector General John SopkoThe Taliban may not be in control of Afghanistan, but that's only because nobody is really in control. After 15 years of U.S. and coalition fighting, the country -- more accurately the failed state -- is in terrible shape.

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Friday
Sep252015

Ex Navy noncom in Afghanistan took bribes for humanitarian supply deals

A former Navy noncommissioned officer pleaded guilty to accepting about $25,000 in cash bribes from vendors of humanitarian supplies while he served in Afghanistan.

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Monday
Jul062015

Second guilty plea for bribes from Afghanistan humanitarian relief program

A sergeant currently assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit bribery when he was buying humanitarian supplies while serving in Afghanistan.

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Thursday
May142015

Virginia man jailed four years for Afghanistan bribes

An independent contractor for a trucking company in Afghanistan that delivered fuel to U.S. Army bases was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for offering a U.S. serviceman bribes to falsify confirm fuel shipments that weren't really delivered.

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Wednesday
Apr292015

Amid the business of compliance, a moment of true inspiration

Justin Lansford and Gabe. (Image courtesy of ABC News)I don't expect to be inspired at compliance conferences. The big name "motivational" speakers don't move me. I prefer the stories of the everyday hardworking compliance officers.

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Monday
Apr132015

The BOTA Foundation explained (Part Four): Why was BOTA established?

What were the motivations of the key actors responsible for the creation of BOTA Foundation -- the governments of the United States, Switzerland, and Kazakhstan? And what role did the World Bank play, as well as opposition politicians and civil society activists in Kazakhstan? Let's start where Giffen did business: Kazakhstan.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

To find terrorism, look for graft

Last year, 17,958 people were killed in terrorist attacks, 61% more than the previous year. More than 80% of all deaths from terrorist attacks occurred in five of the world's most corrupt countries -- Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

The University of Richmond Annual Corruption Issue, Part III: Toward Pre-Approved Compliance Programs?

The University of Richmond’s Journal of Global Law & Business is proud to announce its annual Corruption Issue. In this series of posts, each co-authored by a UR law student and Professor Andy Spalding, we’ll introduce this year’s articles and invite submissions for next year’s issue.

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Tuesday
Dec092014

German whistleblower earns $16 million for exposing ‘major fraud’ against U.S. military

In a criminal fraud and False Claims Act settlement Monday with total penalties amounting to $389 million, a whistleblower collected $16 million from the $101 million paid to settle the FCA portion of the case.

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Monday
Dec082014

‘Merchant of Death’ co-conspirator jailed five years

Richard Ammer Chichakli, an associate of convicted international arms dealer Viktor Bout, was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court to five years in prison.

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Friday
Aug012014

Former Army contractor in Afghanistan took kickbacks

Image courtesy fo the U.S. ArmyA former project manager of a U.S. construction company working on U.S. government contracts in Afghanistan admitted Wednesday in federal court to soliciting a $60,000 kickback from an Afghan subcontractor in 2011.

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Friday
Jun272014

Afghanistan tries to avoid FATF blacklist, and South Korea is cleared

Hamid Karzai, courtesy of News Loop Top News via YouTubeAfghan president Hamid Karzai said Wednesday that he signed a key package of legislation aimed at combating financial crime, making it less likely the country will be added to the Financial Action Task Force's blacklist this week.

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