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$434m in Damages and Fines for Fraud

By John Lee. Two companies, Supreme Foodservice GmbH and Supreme Foodservice FZE, have pleaded guilty to fraud charges and been ordered to pay $288.3 million (336 billion Iraqi dinars) in fines and restitutions. According to the US Department of Justice, the companies, part of the Supreme Group, supplied food and water to coalition troops in Iraq […]

CEO Guilty in Iraq USAID Fraud

By John Lee. The former CEO of US-based engineering consulting firm Louis Berger Group has pleaded guilty to overbilling for reconstruction contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bloomberg reports that Derish Wolff, 79, admitted that he conspired to defraud the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) over nearly 20 years, enriching himself and his company with […]

Ghost Contractors sink Baghdad after Rains

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The first rainfall of the season swept Iraqi cities Nov. 21, causing flooding in schools, houses and streets. Siham Ahmed, a student from al-Diwaniya city south of Baghdad, couldn’t get to […]

PM Abadi: Corruption as Dangerous as Terrorism

By John Lee. On a recent visit to the holy city of Karbala, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi described the existence of “ghost” soldiers as a crime on two fronts – the theft of public money and the breach in security which led to the murders of innocent people. He described the efforts of the Ministry of […]

Breaking the Corruption Chain

On Tuesday, the world commemorated the International Anti Corruption Day. On that Day, 9 December, 11 years ago, the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), was first opened for signature and adoption by Member States of the United Nations, in Mexico. The Convention named the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as the […]

Iraq Improves Transparency Ranking (Slightly)

By John Lee. Transparency International has said that Iraq has risen one place in its global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). From at total of 175 countries, Iraq came in at number 170, slightly better than last year’s position of 171. This result puts it ahead of countries such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Somalia (which […]

Maliki’s Son “Arrested” in Lebanon

By John Lee. The son of former Iraqi Prime Minister and current Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has reportedly been arrested in Lebanon in possession of more than US $1.5 billion “in cash”. BasNews cites Lebanese media sources as claiming that Ahmed al-Maliki is being detained in a prison on Beirut, and that Nouri al-Maliki has […]

Army ‘had 50,000 Ghost Troops’ on Payroll

By John Lee. An investigation into corruption in the Iraqi army has revealed 50,000 false names on its payroll. Known in the military as “ghost soldiers”, they either did not exist or no longer reported for duty, but their salaries were still being paid, according to a report from BBC News. It is thought that […]