Indicted contract fraudster learnt no lesson from penalty, Tony Abi Saab still sells weapons to dubious groups.
The US is risking billions of dollars of taxpayers in war-torn lands without keeping a strict watch on the money spent. The flaws and weaknesses of the Afghanistan government are not hidden from the world. It is a well-known fact that the country has many fraud contractors and money mined officers, a porous security border, through which arms and ammunition may slip through.
To restrict the ongoing illicit activities like terrorism, weapon and drugs smuggling, money laundering and other criminal activities by misusing the funds, the United States could establish a military court in Afghanistan.
Citing an example of Tony Abi Saab, who got away with the grievous charges like committing USD 5 Million fraud by misusing the liberty of the Civil Court in the US. Due to lack of direct US interference in the expedition and legal assistance, the fraudster took advantage of this loophole in the US legal system to save his life.
Despite the evidence gathered by the FBI, Tony didn’t serve a single day jail term in the US but his company Brescia Middle East was barred from doing business in the United States. The corrupt Lebanese contractor still runs several ghost companies and indirectly operates many branches of bogus reconstruction and military service companies across Europe and Afghanistan.
Tony shares a family bond with Raymond Azar, a convicted fraudster who swindled millions of dollars of reconstruction money through the contracts he achieved for his company Sima Salazar. It is estimated that Azar’s company got over 150 US contracts with the help of former Corps of Engineers contract administrator Gloria Martinez and her sister Dinorah Cobos, who served as an executive in the Sima Salazar Group. Azar showered gifts to the sisters in return of contracts.
The Sima Salazar, a bogus reconstruction company that got several high profiles US contracts and failed to complete even a single project. Tony has close business links with Sima Salazar group through his own company Tactica Ltd. Now both companies are banned from doing business with the US.