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Another contractor admits to bribery charges

The body count surrounding the Nova Datacom-Army Corps of Engineers bribery and kickback scandal continues to grow, reaching 15 guilty pleas on Thursday.

This time it is Min Jung Cho, the president of the now defunct company, who admitted to her role in a conspiracy that saw nearly $30 million in bribes and kickbacks paid.

The contracts in question were for work in Iraq.

The count is likely to grow as the U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., said that the investigation continues. Other Army contracts might be involved, the Washington Post reported.

Court documents refer to a “Public Official C” as the target of the investigation. Two former Army Corps of Engineer employees have already pled guilty.

Prosecutors said that Cho and her brother and company founder, Alex Cho, are cooperating with investigators.

The company also entered a guilty plea to pay more than $15 million in bribes and $790,000 in kickbacks.

The same investigation also sullied Eyak Technology, which fired one employee for his involvement.

The scheme also involved a father-son combination; Kerry Khan was an Army Corps of Engineers program manager, and so was his son Lee. They pled guilty last year to their role, which included creating multiple companies to hide money and purchase real estate, the Washington Post reported

Kerry Khan admitted to funneling work to companies in exchange for bribes.

Prosecutors have called the conspiracy one of the largest bribery schemes in federal contracting history.

It’s a sad chapter for government contractors.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Apr 12, 2013 at 7:24 PM


Reader Comments

Wed, Apr 24, 2013 WOSBowner Maryland

I agree withe the comment made on 4/15/13. "It is also a sad day for US government officials and government contracting officers" who have been taking kickbacks and "golden parachutes" from contractors for years without as much as a slap on the wrist. Remember it takes 2 to tango.

Mon, Apr 15, 2013 wellwisher

This is the problem with many agencies and commercial companies. Underhand deals which affect sincere small business. Really sad

Mon, Apr 15, 2013

It is also a sad day for US government officials and contracting personnel who are supposed to be beyond the pale of bribery given their high salaries and benfits packages, or did you only want to paint contractors with the brush of greed??

Sun, Apr 14, 2013 samlockhood www.ezcounts.com

Oops! bad news for real estate. Corruption still very big problem, and it affects both business and their consumers.

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