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South Korean Duo Indicted For Allegedly Masking Kickbacks To U.S. Official For Construction Contracts

south-korea-1151149_640.jpgA pair of employees from a prominent South Korean multinational corporation are facing charges for allegedly hiding bribes they paid to a United States official in order to secure contracts with the U.S. Army.

Federal investigator say the duo, both of whom are surnamed Lee, are South Korean nationals, but are unrelated, submitted fraudulent subcontracts to the Army for work to be carried out at Camp Humphreys. The contracts, which were worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were allegedly used as a vehicle for laundering money paid as kickbacks to a United States agent who reciprocated by insuring that other lucrative contracts were sent to the conglomerate. According to investigators, the illegal activities began in 2008 and continued for nine years.

Per investigators, the charged individuals actively attempted to thwart them as they conducted their investigation. One individual allegedly ordered relevant documents destroyed before investigators could discover them, while the other allegedly attempted to thwart witnesses from speaking with investigators about relevant events.

Both individuals were each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to commit wire fraud and obstruction of justice, and one count of major fraud against the United States. One individual was also charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering conspiracy, while the other individual was charged with one count of witness tampering.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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