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Friday, February 03, 2006

Bikini Clad Women & Saddam-shaped Pools

Happy Friday:

Former U.S. official admits to kickbacks in Iraq

"Says he smuggled millions out of Iraq, laundered money in three countries"

What have I been saying all along?
WASHINGTON - A former U.S. occupation official in Iraq pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to steal more than $2 million and rigging bids on $8.6 million in reconstruction contracts.

Robert J. Stein, 50, of Fayetteville, N.C., admitted that he and his coconspirators smuggled millions of dollars out of Iraq into the United States aboard commercial airliners and laundered cash through multiple bank accounts in Switzerland, Amsterdam and Romania.
Defense contracting: It's a good gig if you can get it!
Stein was a Defense Department employee who served as a contract official for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, controlling more than $82 million in funds slated for rebuilding the Middle Eastern country.
My favorite part:
The bulk of the bid-rigging benefited businessman Philip H. Bloom, who faces federal conspiracy and money laundering charges. Bloom’s name was not mentioned in court Thursday. But prosecutors have identified him and his role in the Stein conspiracy in other court papers.

In exchange for steering contracts to Bloom, Stein and others received plane tickets, jewelry, alcohol and sexual favors from women at Bloom’s villa in Baghdad.


The camera pan across a beutiful Iraqi villa on the outskirts of Baghdad.

A number of BIKINI CLAD WOMEN are lounging around its Saddam-shaped pool: The party is in full swing, and includes a number of AMERICAN BUSINESSMEN and IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTERS.

(The villa's perimeter is heavily guarded by the men of AMERICAN EAGLE SECURITY. We can also see a number of MALNOURISHED TIGERS in the background.)

BOB STEIN (50) approaches two of the girls (who are sitting poolside); he's carrying a tray of tiki drinks and a bowl of Viagra.

STEIN - Hello, ladies. Is that an AK-47 in my pants, or am I just glad to see you?
The bid-rigging scheme was elaborate, calling for Bloom to submit several bids for companies he controlled and others that did not exist. Some of the bids were high, while others were low.

All of the bids came in under $500,000 each because that was the limit of Stein’s authority to award a contract in Hillah, a town 50 miles south of Baghdad.

Bloom’s companies won contracts for a new police academy for Hillah and renovation of the public library near Karbala.
Good times, people.

Good times.

You and I are in the wrong business.

More later...


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