Iraq Firm Pays $2.7m in Settlement

By John Lee.

The US Department of Justice has said that an Iraqi construction company has paid $2.7 million to resolve allegations that it bribed a former US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) official to win contracts in Iraq.

Iraqi Consultants and Construction Bureau (ICCB), headquartered in Baghdad, had reached the settlement of alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

The federal government alleged that from 2007 to 2008, John Alfy Salama Markus, then a Corps contracting officer, received bribes from ICCB in exchange for information about reconstruction contracts.

The department also noted that the claims involved in the agreement are allegations and added that “there has been no determination of liability.” The settlement agreement states that it “is neither an admission of liability by ICCB nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.”

The charges relate to 10 contracts, including security enhancements at the Bayji [Baiji] oil refinery, new health care centers in the Salah ad Din province, a landfill in Baqubah, and a 12-room school in Said Sadiq.

In March, Salama Markus was sentenced to 13 years in prison and agreed to a $3.7-million judgment, which includes forfeiting a $1.1-million home, plus vehicles and motorcycles.

(Source: Engineering News Record, DoJ)

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