Calif. woman arrested in military bribe scheme
The Oakland Tribune
OAKLAND, Calif. — A 39-year-old Dublin woman was arrested Wednesday in Prague on the request of United States authorities for conspiring to bribe a public official in exchange for military contracts, authorities said Thursday.
The arrest of Lida Amin, 39, who has addresses in both Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Dublin, was based on an indictment filed in California earlier this month changing Amin and her brother, Nabil Amin, with conspiracy and three counts of using interstate commerce — physically transporting goods on Interstate 80 and using email — to aid in bribery schemes, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
The U.S. Department of Justice will seek the extradition of Lida Amin to the United States. It was not immediately known late Thursday if Nabil Amin, whose age and city of residence were not released, faces extradition as well.
An indictment alleges that Lida Amin and Nabil Amin traveled to Budapest last September to meet with a U.S. Air Force contract administrator to discuss the details of a scheme to obtain government contracts in exchange for bribes. Information about the contract administrator was not released by the government Thursday.
According to the indictment, Lida Amin launched false companies and opened bank accounts in third-party names in Afghanistan to receive proceeds from the government contracts. Earlier this year, acting through one of her bogus companies, she shipped contract goods, including medical clothing and linens, to Travis Air Force Base, authorities said.
The maximum penalty for the crimes is five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.