The United States Department of Justice has announced a settlement with the Iraqi Consultants and Construction Bureau that resolves allegations of False Claims Act violations arising from illegal payments made to obtain Department of Defense contracts in Iraq. As part of the settlement, ICCB paid a fine of $2.7 million.
According to DOJ, ICCB paid bribes to an Army Corps of Engineers procurement official to obtain information that gave it an advantage in bidding on several Department of Defense contracts related to reconstruction efforts in Iraq. ICCB ultimately won several contracts and then knowingly overcharged the U.S. for services provided.
The settlement with ICCB was part of a larger investigation initiated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. That investigation also resulted in a guilty plea by the Corps of Engineers official involved, John Salama Markus, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison on March 12, 2013.
For more information, see Department of Justice News Release No. 13-1197.