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U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan pleads guilty to $250k kickback scheme

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Staff Writer | July 19, 2017
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Defense   According to the Department of Justice

A former employee of a U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan pleaded guilty to accepting more than $250,000 in illegal kickbacks from an Afghan subcontractor in exchange for assistance in obtaining U.S. government contracts, officials said.

According to the Department of Justice, Nebraska McAlpine of Smyrna, Ga., admitted that he and an Afghan executive agreed to a deal that would give McAlpine cash in exchange for no-bid contracts.

The name of the executive and the subcontracting company paying for access to more U.S. government contracts was not included in the DOJ statement.

As a result of the kickback scheme, the U.S. government contractor McAlpine worked for paid over $1.6 million to the subcontractor "to assist with maintaining the Afghanistan Ministry of the Interior Ultra-High Frequency radio communications system in Kabul, Afghanistan," the statement said.

McAlpine said he agreed to accepting 15 percent of the value of the subcontracts, totaling more than $250,000 from 2015 to 2016.

McAlpine "hid these kickbacks from his employer by storing the cash payments in his personal effects and then physically transporting them himself to the U.S." the DOJ said.

"McAlpine further admitted that he then deposited the majority of these funds in amounts less than $10,000 into his bank accounts at bank branches in the Atlanta metropolitan area."


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