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State Department workers bribe tens of thousands of “corporate spies”: federal government
U.S. District Court in District of Columbia A federal construction contractor who worked for several U.S. agencies committed a “corporate spy” on State Department workers, signing more than $ 100 million in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in cash. I gave him a bribe to steer. Federal agents allege Afidabit, a newly unsealed search warrant. According to the document, Iran-born May Salehi, who was assigned to the Department of State’s Overseas Building Operations (OBO), had security clearances and a mountain of debt. Special Agents Working for State Department Inspectors, Special Agents Working for State Department Inspectors, Headquartered in Washington, DC, with potentially over $ 100 million in State Department projects “According to the LinkedIn profile, Salehi started working for the State Department in 1996. A State Department spokesperson told Daily Beast that Salehi was still employed there. She was a lawyer in court records. Was not listed and did not respond to a message asking for comment. According to the swearing affidavit, the arrest has not yet taken place. The case originated in Montage, Chevy Chase, Maryland, in Lagos, Nigeria. It can be traced back to 2014, when it won a $ 26.1 million state contract to refurbish a US Consulate. However, the project was overdue for two years and almost bankrupted the company, the swearing statement said. That’s when something strange happened. Instead of avoiding the State Department’s project following the Nigerian “wreck,” Montage “later transformed its business model to rely almost exclusively on the State Department’s project. The US Embassy / Consulate Project, where the Montage was just thinned out. ”In the next three years, the Montage mysteriously won six major contracts with the State Department and moved the US Embassy or Consulate abroad. I built it. According to the affidavit, this “seemingly counterintuitive” development could be “explained by the presence of a State Department insider who had an illegal relationship with the montage.” Since that time, about 95% of montage revenue has come solely from contracts with the State Department, and of the $ 111.4 million to date, $ 106.5 million has nearly doubled. .. Suspected of bank fraud, money laundering, and unauthorized deletion and retention of classified materials, among others. There, they confiscated numerous documents, nearly 40 computers, multiple mobile phones, and 96 terabytes of servers, one office at DC headquarters, which Montage publicly lists as a major place of business. did. Second, investigators have described the warrant as the company’s “secret” office suite in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The space was purchased through a shell company and there was a sign by the door indicating that it was the American Addiction Medicine Association. There, the agent met Sina Moreedy, the founder and principal of the montage. In the affidavit, Special Agent Christopher Swenson said he happened to be “if he had information about government insiders, it would be of great interest to us.” Said to Moa Eddie. In direct eye contact with his head and me, the agent said, “I think you understand what you’re looking for. Want to know if I’m paying someone in the State Department?” I recalled. Forged business licenses and qualifications for montage employees he said he was working on a government project. A resume he submitted to the State Department for a project manager in one job claimed that employees “have been doing complex jobs in the construction field for years with different abilities.” However, the affidavit states that the person “actually sold meat as a door-to-door salesperson, was a landscape architect, and built a pool for several years during the same period.” The agent interviewed two unnamed montage executives who were responsible for the company. CFO trouble before, claiming he had spent money from the company. But when they visited the former CFO at their home in Maryland, another story emerged. During an interview, Swenson told the former CFO that he had a mental health problem after reading an email from a montage bookkeeper who described him as an alcoholic. The clerk claimed in a message that the CFO had concealed allegations of theft by “creating a fake world of quickbooks, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and bank account statements.” “I received my salary under the expected name,” he said. Since he was set as a montage corrupter, the former CFO turned on Moayedi, electronically changed bank balances, forged resumes, and Moayedi used at least four sets of books for duplication. I explained that it was a “master forger” that kept it. It was then that the CFO dropped the bomb, not only for the lender, but also to significantly reduce his own personal tax burden. He told the agent that Moayedi “trained career employees at the State Department” and “paid a bribe in exchange for information about the contract with the government,” the affidavit said. The CFO did not remember the names of State Department insiders, but remembered that she was a “friend of Iran” of a Moayedi woman she met through a “community group related to Iran’s heritage.” A pre-bid meeting for a State Department project in Slovenia a few years ago. She also helped Moayedi and Montage win a deal with the Caribbean State Department in exchange for a $ 60,000 kickback, the CFO said. To hide the deal, the CFO claimed that Moayedi had cut the check, which the CFO had cashed and provided to the intermediary. The intermediary handed the cash to a corrupt employee of the State Department. To further obscure the truth, insiders were told to give the intermediary a $ 2,000 Persian rug in exchange for cash “in case someone asked.” Engineer in the Department of State’s OBO project development and coordination department. According to passport records, Salehi, less than a mile from the montage’s “secret” office, was actually born in Iran. Salehi’s position requires security clearance, so investigators analyzed her official documents as clues. One danger signal was related to Saleh’s 2007 divorce shortly after securing a $ 1.5 million mortgage for a home in Great Falls, Virginia. Home mortgage payments are about $ 10,000 a month, more than Salehi’s total salary at $ 9,333 a month. Another detail that caused the agent’s suspicions was the Porsche Boxster Convertible Salech purchased in 2014, which repaid a lump sum loan of $ 15,000 out of 60 months and $ 25,000 the following year. According to a review of the U.S. District Court’s telephone records in the District of Columbia, the affidavit stated that Saleh had “a serious and sudden telephone call with Moa Eddie at the exact time when the fate of the montage suddenly changed.” The financial records summoned by the investigators each submitted a number of transactions worth tens of thousands of dollars, including one with a note line stating “Final payment for Anna’s house.” Investigators then delved into Salehi’s State Department email account. They were likely to have known the montage and Moa Eddie (with her professional abilities) by 2006, as the montage was bidding on a State Department project in New Delhi, India and Abuja, Nigeria at the time. “. At least one official document in her email archive listing Sina Moayedi as a montage contact. She also forwarded a number of state project documents from work emails to personal emails. All of these are related to the contracts that Montage later won. Many of them were sent at odd-numbered intervals, aggravating investigators’ suspicions. “Especially when forwarding travel reports long after the end of the trip itself, Salehi tends to simply deny the suggestion of” taking work home. ” I forwarded these emails to finish the Department of State’s business from home, “said the affidavit. “On the other hand, transferring these documents from a State Department account to the Salehi Personal Email Account-1 has certain benefits for those engaged in selling government information. For example, such transfers allow Salehi to be unsupervised by the State Department. You can print a hard copy for later distribution. ”Checking Salehi’s search history on the Department of State’s computer revealed further evidence for her. According to the affidavit, Saleh has “SCI clearance”, “anxiety herbs”, “anxiety kratom herbs”, “Montage construction company proceedings”, “what is a proceeding”, a YouTube video about the proceedings, “Shiva Hamidinia”. Was searched. He was a longtime legal adviser to the montage. Investigators summoned cell phone records from montage employees and found text from Moa Eddie. The agent also found Moayedi’s mobile phone contacts and Salehi’s contact information in his Telegram, Skype, and iCloud accounts.[A]Among the materials we are seeking permission to seize are Salehi’s tax documents and filings. These may include (implicit) approval of her receipt of the bribe, or a false statement attempting to hide the bribe scheme in the same way as her. It seems that it was done using the State Department’s financial disclosure form, “said the affidavit. The U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia Investigator told the judge, “Including all clothing and personal belongings, backpacks, briefcases, wallets, bags and electronics in the immediate vicinity of Salech and in controlled locations. , Asked to search for Saleh himself. Saleh is in the federal jurisdiction of the District of Columbia. ”According to court documents, the agents had two at 6:12 am on May 20. He ran a wallet and seized Salech’s Apple Watch, three iPhones, a Macbook Pro, and a micro SD card. A letter-sized Manila folder containing Dell laptops, iPads, and gray folders. Find out more at The Daily Beast. Get top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.