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DEFENSE CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF BULLETPROOF VESTS IN IRAQ

On May 27, 2009, Diana Bakir Demilta, president of Global-Link Distribution, LLC, a defense contracting company, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and admitted to bribery in connection with contracts for operations in the International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq.
Between September 2004 and March 2005, Ms. Demilta submitted multiple sham bids for a contract for bulletproof vests. The sham bids were intentionally submitted with increased prices so that a Kuwaiti trading company would receive the bid. The owner of the Kuwaiti company authorized Ms. Demilta to negotiate and received all funds related to the contract. She also admitted to paying $60,000 to an unnamed public official in return for that person’s influence in steering the contracts and expediting payments to Ms. Demilta’s company.


Andre Barlow

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