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Afghanistan Update:

SIGAR: California Man Pleads Guilty in $100 Million-Plus Fraud Scheme Targeting U.S.-Funded Energy Sector Projects in Afghanistan
On 28 April, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a report detailing Saed Ismail Amiri's fraud scheme, which has been underway since 2013.


Amiri with Former Prime Minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Hasan Sharq
Court documents describe Amiri, 38, as owner or senior consultant of Assist Consultants Incorporated (ACI), an Afghan company that had received more than $250 million in U.S.- funded contracts in Afghanistan since 2013. Amiri pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a SIGAR-led case centered on U.S.-funded efforts to construct five electric power substations to connect Afghanistan’s Northeastern and Southeastern electric grid systems.
This criminal scheme literally spanned the globe – from Kabul to Africa to California – threatening one of the most important priorities of Afghan reconstruction – the electrification of a country with infrastructure devastated by decades of war

-John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
The roots of the Amiri case began in January 2015, when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of the U.S. effort to help Afghanistan and its people, authorized Da’ Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat to solicit bids on a U.S.-funded contract to build five electric power substations to connect the Northeastern and Southeastern electric grid systems.

Amiri pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. He faces a maximum 20 years in federal prison. Sentencing will be set for a future date.
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