Afghan businessman charged with bribing US soldiers
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan businessman has been charged with bribing American soldiers to win multi-million dollar contracts, US prosecutors say.
Hikmatullah Shadman gave at least two soldiers bundles of $100 notes to receive inflated supply contracts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said.
The Justice Department had earlier frozen more than $63m in bank accounts owned by Shadman, a logistics and construction company owner.
The case against the Afghan businessman, the first to have his bank accounts frozen in the US, was filed on December 23 in a federal court in North Carolina.
Robert Green and his boss David Kline have already been convicted of involvement in the alleged fraud. Both pleaded guilty.
Green, who allegedly received payments of up to $50,000 at his request, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and a year of supervised release in September.
Accused of being paid $50,000 in bribes, Green Kline is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
More than $77 million was fraudulently obtained from the US government through Shadman's inflated trucking contracts.
W. Green, then an army staff sergeant, hired specific Afghan trucking companies rather than open up contracts to a competitive bidding process.
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