Former civilian translator sentenced for role in bribery scheme
A former civilian interpreter working for the U.S. Army in Iraq has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving an Iraqi police official and the U.S. command training the new Iraqi police force.
Faheem Mousa Salam, 29, of Livonia, Mich., was arrested in March 2006 when he returned from Iraq, then pleaded guilty in August to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Salam admitted that in January 2006, while working in Baghdad as a civilian translator for a U.S. Army subcontractor, he offered a senior Iraqi police official $60,000 in exchange for the official’s assistance in facilitating the purchase of 1,000 armored vests and a sophisticated map printer for a sale price of approximately $1 million,” reads a Justice Department news release.
“Salam admitted that he later made final arrangements with an undercover agent of the Office of the Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction who was posing as a procurement officer for [the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team.]”
The case was investigated by the Special Inspector General, an office that has turned up numerous cases and millions of dollars of fraud and waste regarding the reconstruction program in Iraq.
In this case, officials said, “Salam was motivated by greed and the prospect of financial gain, rather than any desire to provide the Iraqi troops with equipment.”