Saudi Company Pays for its Illegal Kickback Scheme to Obtain Army Contracts in the Middle East
Tamimi Global Company Ltd. (TAFGA), a Saudi Arabian company, agreed to pay $13 million to the U.S. government to settle criminal and civil allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks and gratuities to a KBR employee to obtain a U.S. Army subcontract. Specifically, TAFGA paid KBR subcontract manager Steven Lowell Seamans $133,000 in kickbacks to get preferential treatment for the award of a subcontract to provide dining services in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait under KBR’s LOGCAP (Logistics Civil Augmentation Program) III contract. TAFGA also admitted paying illegal gratuities to the Army Sergeant in charge of food services at Camp Arifjan to receive favorable treatment in the contract’s performance. As part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorneys Office to settle the criminal allegations against it, TAFGA will pay $5.6 million and agree to institute a strict compliance program to ensure that its employees strictly follow government contract legal and ethical standards. TAFGA will also pay $7.4 million to the U.S. to resolve civil violations of the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute for its payment of illegal kickbacks.
For more information see: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/September/11-civ-1226.html