A former employee of a U.S. contractor pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with a contract to provide reconstruction-related services in Afghanistan.
Alan D. Simmons worked in Afghanistan as a training program coordinator for PAE Inc., which had a contract with the U.S. State Department to train and supply uniforms to Afghan correctional officers.
Simmons was responsible for providing information to others at PAE as to the number and types of uniforms that were to be ordered and provided to Afghan correctional officers after they completed the training program.
Simmons and others allegedly created a company, Aminzian Logistics Services, supposedly to provide uniforms to PAE as a subcontractor.
Instead, Aminzian submitted phony invoices to PAE seeking payment for goods that weren’t provided. After Aminzian was paid, Simmons and his co-conspirators split the proceeds.
The U.S. government reimbursed PAE for its payments to Aminzian and incurred a loss of over $120,000.
The case was investigated by the Department of State Office of Inspector General and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
The DOJ’s May 23, 2014 release can be found here.
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