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19-09-2015

The Army Corp of Engineers is as corrupt and inept as the Army, as the Dept of Veterans Affairs, as the U.S. Army as the U.S. Navy, as the Marines and as the Dept of State; as the Dept of Homeland Security, as the Dept of Justice in not setting aside 100 % of the time solicitations that are under $ 150,000 and us Veterans seeing these agencies steer contracts to ineligible ( Large Businesses ) and foreign contractors.

 

Latvian Connection's GAO protest B-411958 turned up 386 ECONS ( Kuwait ) SSgt MARILYN MENJIVAR wrote a Justification and Approval (http://bit.ly/1i9g3Jw ) that gave Al Musairie National Gen. Trdg a 5-year BPA ( http://bit.ly/1QlkagJ ) for supplying concrete ( http://bit.ly/1ituE2r ) to the USAF Base Ali AL Salem Air Base stating that no other company in Kuwait could supply the concrete. Kuwait has $ 15 billion in construction involving concrete currently going on in the country.

 

Al Musairie National Gen. Trdg has ZERO presence in Kuwait for supplying cement and there are 30 other cement supply companies.

 

These ongoing violations of the Competition in Contracting Act and the Small Business Act are what are hurting U.S. Small Businesses that are LOCAL, but not invited to compete and Teaming opportunities are circumvented by corrupt contracting officers ( ( http://bit.ly/1M7q4Ds ) who fabricate J & A’s.

 

Maj Paula Arquette, the current contracting commander will be answering just why this Organizational Conflict of Interest is going on and the Air Force OSI will be asked why they are so useless at eradicating corruption from 386 ECONS in Kuwait.

 

Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait has had a series of corrupt contracting commanders dating back to the Major John Cockerham, Major Pressley, Major Momon, and Major Murray criminal enterprises.

 

The fact that the USAF OSI could not find their shadow let alone corruption Representative Coffman is why Veterans are discriminated against with impunity by the Air Force General Officers, commanders, and Contracting Commanders like Maj Eiserman and Maj Paula Arquette.

 

This is why Latvian and other Veteran Owned Small Businesses are taking the corrupt agencies to the GAO on a weekly basis.

 

The Department of Defense and other Government agencies are more corrupt than the Russian Mafia and need look no further than Dept of Justice stories about the United States corrupt contracting officers. Latvian Connection protests have removed about 75 of them from their positions and adding to this number with every protest that uncovers more corruption and discrimination against our Veteran Owned Small Business.

 

It is not just Latvian seeing the white collar criminal activity, but other VOSBs and U.S. Small Businesses that are harmed by these contracting officers.

It is reported and prosecuted weekly and what do you really do about the corruption Representative Coffman ?

http://bit.ly/1IQfQjP Army Takes Bribe – Army National Guard

http://bit.ly/1UwBdil USAF Cheating Veteran Owned Small Businesses By Taking Bribe Payments And Bid Rigging

http://bit.ly/1IWGYSB Farr West Man Admits To Kickbacks For HAFB Contracts

http://bit.ly/1KbwTO6 Army Contracting Official Indicted on Federal Charges In Bribery and Kickback Scheme

http://bit.ly/1KYrLmg US Army Contractor Charged For Taking Kuwait Kickbacks -CAMP ARIFJAN – KUWAIT

http://bit.ly/1OYWPjE William Rondell Collins – $30,000 in bribes 19 JUL 2010

http://bit.ly/1DET2Ye Civilian Contractor Charged in Superseding Indictment for Allegedly Paying Bribes While at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait

http://bit.ly/1KbwJGz VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS VICTIM Seraphim – Camp Arifjans Case 107-cv-00359-FMA

http://bit.ly/1J3GJqK USCOURTS-txnd-3_13-cr-00417-0 Je’Ron Shelton Rochon

http://bit.ly/1NiZEf5 Je’Ron Shelton Rochon Gov’t Contractor Pleads Guilty To Air Force Bribery
Scheme – Law360

http://bit.ly/1MdulDC Two Individuals Charged with Attempting to Bribe e U.S. Army Contracting
Official – (CERP)

http://bit.ly/1JRZGNm W912D1-15-R-0014 ATTCH 5 Tab 17 – Affidavit of MAJ Brooks

http://bit.ly/1WP5cEd W912D1-15-R-0014 ATTCH 6 Tab 18 – Affidavit of Anthony Elmore LEFT 10 APRIL 2015

http://bit.ly/1JsG6kD B-411489_1__LATVIAN_CONNECTION__LLC__ ASFI ( ASFI IS NOT GPE )

http://bit.ly/1PvKXGb Kuwait Arab Times – LTC Mark Moss Jailed

 

Veterans are being harmed by the cancer of corruption endemic in the Dept of Defense Agencies, the Dept of State, the Dept of Justice, the Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Interior.  It is too bad that Congress continues to allow the corruption abetting GAO to dismiss protests when the corruption is found and the Agency cancels the solicitation.

 

The Equal Access Under the Justice Act allows for veterans to charge the corrupt agency or the descriminating agency when they win. But the GAO are covering up for this corruption with every dismissal when they say it is now just Academic.

 

Corruption isn’t academic – it has a real cost to Veterans..



19-09-2015

Camp Arifjan, a sprawling base of warehouses and prefabricated office buildings in the dusty Kuwaiti desert, is the center of the Army's financial operation for Iraq. It has handled more than $4.2 billion in military contracts.       It's also a center for corruption investigations.       U.S. authorities are investigating a web of more than $10 million in favors, bribes and kickbacks among Army officers, contractors and subcontractors at Camp Arifjan, court and military records show.       So far, 13 people associated with the Army's contracting operation in Kuwait have been charged with corruption in federal courts -- the majority of the 20 corruption cases brought to  date involving Army  contracts for Iraq. Eight of the 13 have pleaded guilty. Two enlisted soldiers at Camp Arifjan were courtmartialed for taking bribes.   Six companies accused of corruption in Kuwait also have been punished administratively by Army contracting officials, records show.       Cash, gifts, parties alleged       Those cases involve allegations of contractors offering shopping bags and suitcases stuffed with cash, wire transfers of hundreds of thousands of dollars into offshore accounts, gifts ranging from phone cards to SUVs, and parties with food, drinks and, in one case, a prostitute, court records show.       The Pentagon has 90 criminal investigations involving $6 billion worth of contracts, and a third of those probes have ties to Kuwait,

 

The question is "How did this culture of corruption come to pass in the office in Kuwait?"  A special committe was organized to investigate and created the Army fraud-fighting task force, Committe members acknowledged these problems with oversight, but never consider these as a culture. In fact, they have just addressed these problem of corruption, for the most part, as isolated incidents.    Records from the corruption investigations tell different stories.

 

Numerous testimonies made to the Army Criminal Investigation Command, countless personnels, officials and civilians alike  accepted cash, souvenirs, meals and the use of an SUV from military contractors in Kuwait, Iraq and other middle east countries from 2003 to 2005. Several confessions of  bribery, bid rigging, theft, kickbacks and fraud  were exposed and continue to be uncovered until now.    

 

Bribery and Corruption come in several forms and a lot of  Army contracting officers and contractors in  Kuwait benefitted extravagantly from them. Parties with  contractors and military personnel were held almost every night.        The biggest bribery case of the Iraq war so far involves Army Maj. John Cockerham, a former contracting officer at Arifjan, who is accused of taking $9.6 million in bribes from at least eight companies seeking contracts to provide bottled water and other supplies.  Other corruption cases       Those linked to Cockerham include some involved in other cases:       *Maj. Gloria Davis, a fellow contracting officer at Arifjan who worked on several contracts with Cockerham. Davis killed herself in December, a day after admitting to Army investigators that she took $225,000 in bribes from contractor Lee Dynamics International, federal court records say. Lee Dynamics also hired Davis' son, Damien Thomas, the company's lawyer says. The Army suspended Lee Dynamics from contracting in July.       *Diaa Salem, a businessman from Kuwait whom Cockerham named as a business partner when creating a  Texas company in 2004. The Army barred Salem and his firm, Jasmine   International Trading, from getting contracts for a year in 2006 in a separate case.       In that case, two Army soldiers working at Camp Arifjan's finance office were court-martialed for taking $7,000 from Salem to process Jasmine's payments more quickly, according to Army records released to USA TODAY under the Freedom of Information Act.          

 

Camp Arifjan is criminal enterprise operation and corruption center.

 

 

    
 



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