Two charged by US for bribery attempt at Erbil Air Base

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SULAIMANI — The US Department of Justice said in a statement on Friday (September 18) that it has charged two individuals who live Erbil city with one count each of conspiracy and bribery of a public official in connection with an attempt to secure a Department of Defense contract.

The indictment alleges that Mark Alan Fryday, 37, and Lara Jumaah Mohammed, 30, offered bribes to a US Army official at Erbil Air Base earlier this year.

“Fryday and Mohammed allegedly owned companies based in Erbil that sought contracts to supply goods and services to US military forces there,” the statement reads.

“In early 2020, Fryday and Mohammed allegedly offered to pay an Army contracting official a kickback equivalent to 20 percent of the value of any contract that he awarded to their companies,” it added.

The statement quoted Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt as saying that “corruption undermines our military’s readiness and affects the wellbeing of our servicemembers” and that the justice department would continue to work to ensure lawful overseas contracting.

(NRT Digital Media)