Friday, March 24, 2006

Culture of Corruption: KBR Employee Pleads Guilty to Kickbacks

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Mar 24, 2006 (AP)— An ex-employee of a Halliburton subsidiary pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a Saudi subcontractor that was awarded a multimillion-dollar U.S. military contract. An official with the subcontractor, meanwhile, was charged with lying to authorities.

Stephen Lowell Seamans of Maryland, a former Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. manager, pleaded guilty March 10 to wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money, the U.S. attorney's office in Springfield said Thursday.

He was accused of accepting more than $124,000 from Tamimi Global Co., which was awarded a $14.4 million subcontract in 2002 to provide dining facilities for soldiers in Kuwait.

Prosecutors also announced the arrest of Mohammad Shabbir Khan, the Tamimi Global operations director. Khan was charged with making false statements to federal agents.

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