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Anti-graft body to verify info on alleged bribery scandal
June 20, 2015, 10:26 am
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Chairperson of Kuwait’s Anti-Corruption Authority Abdulrahman Al-Nemash has affirmed that the authority will verify the information on the alleged bribery scandal involving an American company and the Interior Ministry, reports Al-Jarida daily. In a press statement, Al- Nemash stressed the authority will investigate the issue because officials of the ministry have been accused of receiving bribes for the American company to win in biddings for contracts. He said this requires quick action to verify details about the whole scandal.

In the past, the US Department of Justice ordered Florida defense and government contracting company, IAP Worldwide Services Inc, to pay a fine of USD7.1 million for plotting to bribe the Kuwaiti officials in order to get a contract.

The decision was considered a nonprosecution agreement to resolve the US government’s investigation aimed at determining if the company conspired to bribe Kuwaiti officials just to secure a government contract According to the prosecution (US Department of Justice), former Vice President of the company James Michael Rama pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for his involvement in the bribery  scheme.

It added that, “between September 2006 and March 2008, Rama and his company IAP and its co-conspirators paid the consultant approximately US$1,783,688 with the understanding that some or all of the funds would be used to bribe Kuwaiti government officials”. On the other hand, IAP spokeswoman Maureen Fitzgerald said the company accepted full responsibility for its actions and was firmly committed to improve its ethics and compliance programs.

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