The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday about the criminal charge against an Iraqi-born British national. Shwan Al-Mulla is currently criminally charged in New Jersey for his involvement in a bribery scheme that was meant to obtain millions of dollars of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reconstruction contracts in Iraq.
There are allegations against the defendant and his conspirators of having received confidential information that gave them an edge in the bidding process. This information was made accessible to them via $1 million bribes that they paid in the duration of 2007 to 2009 to a USACE employee that was deployed in Tikrit, Iraq.
Currently, there are seven counts of honest wire fraud and one of conspiracy for committing bribery against Al-Mulla who is the owner of Baghdad-based Iraqi Consultants and Construction Bureau. Each of these counts against him carries a maximum of 20-year prison term and was announced by the acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig in New Jersey.
John Salama Markus, a citizen residing in Nazareth, Pennsylvania is the USACE employee that pleaded guilty to money laundering, tax offenses in 2012, and is currently serving his 13-year prison term. Shwan Al-Mulla’s alleged co-conspirator, Ahmed Nouri also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the year 2018. For solving the matter, ICCB has paid $2.7 million in 2013 to the Justice Department for violating the federal False Claims Act by paying bribes to Salma Markus.
U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed by saying Al-Mulla is at large. While a lawyer for Al-Mulla was not located for his or her comments.