Friday, November 18, 2005

Coalition Provisional Authority Official Charged with Corruption

The government has charged Robert Stein, a former comproller for the South Central Region of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, with accepting gifts from Philip Bloom in exchange for steering contracts to three of Bloom's companies for reconstruction work in Iraq.  According to the government charges, Stein and his wife bought cars, jewelry, and real estate with funds provided by Bloom.  Stein pled guilty to bank fraud in 1996 and was sentenced to an eight-month term of imprisonment.  How a person with that record can be given responsibility for disbursing funds is a bit hard to justify, but it is proabably a difficult job to recruit qualified candidates willing to serve in Iraq. A CNN.Com story (here) discusses the charges against Stein. (ph)

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