Iraq Bullet-Proof Vest Contract Fraud and Bribes
DOJ Antitrust Division press release today, entitled, “DEFENSE CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROCUREMENT OF A BULLET-PROOF VEST CONTRACT IN IRAQ“:
A defense contractor has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and has admitted to engaging in other bribery-related conduct in connection with contracts in Iraq, the Department of Justice today announced.
According to the plea agreement filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia on Dec. 18, 2007, and unsealed today, Diana Bakir Demilta, a U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Demilta, the President of Global-Link Distribution LLC, a defense contracting company with operations in the International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq, subverted the competitive bidding process used by the Department of Defense and the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq for a bullet-proof vest contract by submitting multiple sham bids from about September 2004 until about March 2005.
In addition, Demilta admitted that she paid at least $60,000 to an unnamed public official to induce that person to influence the award of contracts and to induce expedited payments for contracts awarded to Demilta’s company.