Saturday, December 12, 2009

Prison time for fraud and bribes

Is this the last of them to be sentenced?

Let's clean more of this up.

Contractor gets 9 years in Army bribery case
By Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

A former civilian Defense Department contract specialist who worked with four Army officers charged with taking millions of dollars in bribes during the war in Iraq was sentenced Thursday to more than nine years in prison for tax evasion.

Tijani Ahmed Saani, 53, worked with former Army Maj. John Cockerham of San Antonio, who was sentenced last week to more than 17 years in prison in what officials said is the largest bribery case in the history of the Defense Department. Saani was sentenced in Washington, D.C., to 110 months in prison and ordered to pay a $1.6 million fine and $816,485 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Saani has dual citizenship in Ghana and the United States. He is a former resident of Kuwait City, Kuwait, but has homes in the United States. As part of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty in June to five counts of filing false tax returns between 2003 and 2007, admitting unreported taxable income was at least $2.4 million.

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