US army contractor charged for taking Kuwait kickbacks

US worker was accused of accepting a free flight in return for recommending supplier for a contract
US army contractor charged for taking Kuwait kickbacks
A military contractor based at a US Army-owned base in Kuwait was found guilty of taking kickbacks from a military supplier
By Shane McGinley
Sun 09 Oct 2011 11:55 AM

A military contractor who was based at a US Army-owned base in Kuwait has been sentenced to four months house arrest after he was found guilty of taking kickbacks from a military supplier, the US Department of Justice confirmed.

Barry Szafran, who worked as a fire alarm manager at the US government-owned Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, was found guilty of accepting a free round-trip flight from Kuwait to the US from a US Army supplier in return for recommending it for a contract to supply fire equipment parts.

“The investigation, which included an examination of SZAFRAN’s email communication, revealed that SZAFRAN had developed an unethical business relationship with a local parts vendor,” David B Fein, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said in a statement.

Emails examined during the course of the investigation revealed that Szafran also provided details of competitors’ bid and pricing information to the supplier.

In July, Szafran pleaded guilty to one count of illegally receiving a gratuity and this week he was sentenced today by a US court to one year of probation, with the first four months to be spent in home confinement, the US Department of Justice statement added.

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