US officer stole Iraq reconstruction money

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From AFP news agency:

US officer charged with stealing Iraq relief funds

A US military officer was charged Thursday with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash intended for relief and reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Justice said.

While stationed in Iraq between April 2007 and February 2009, 28-year-old Michael Dung Nguyen is alleged to have stolen more than 690,000 dollars in US currency, sending it back to his home in northwestern Oregon state, the department said in a statement.

The funds were swiped from the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP), designed to empower local commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan to respond to humanitarian relief and reconstruction efforts.

After his return from Iraq, Nguyen is accused of opening new accounts at numerous banks, including Bank of America and Washington Mutual Bank, to deposit the cash.

After making the deposits “in a manner intended to avoid detection,” according to the Justice Department, Nguyen allegedly attempted money laundering with the purchases of high-end goods.

He bought a luxury BMW vehicle and a 2009 model Hummer truck H3T, along with computers, electronic equipment and furniture, the indictment said.

Nguyen has been officially charged on three counts — theft of government property, money laundering and structuring financial transaction — and if convicted could face 30 years in prison and a 500,000-dollar fine.

OXFAM called on Baghdad to boost spending on welfare on Sunday in light of a survey which found that Iraqi women continue to face extreme poverty despite much-hyped “security gains”.

9 thoughts on “US officer stole Iraq reconstruction money

  1. South Korea convicts troops

    SOUTH KOREA: Three army personnel have been convicted of accepting or seeking bribes while serving as part of a US-led “reconstruction team” in Iraq.

    An official at the South Korean Defence Ministry said that one of the three, a captain identified by his surname Park, was sentenced last month by a South Korean military court to three years in prison for taking $25,000 (£16,500) and a digital camera worth $800 (£529) from a local firm involved in construction projects in Irbil in return for “administrative favours.”


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