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Tue Oct 19, 2021, 11:10 AM

CEO of Major Defense Contractor Charged with Bribery


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Monday, October 18, 2021

CEO of Major Defense Contractor Charged with Bribery


The chief executive officer (CEO) of Multinational Logistics Services (MLS), a large ship husbanding company that has received over $1 billion in U.S. Navy contracts since 2010, appeared in the United States today to face a criminal charge for his alleged participation in a bribery scheme.

According to the affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed in September, Frank S. Rafaraci, 68, a U.S. citizen who resides abroad, has been the CEO of MLS since at least 2005. MLS is a defense contractor that provides ship husbanding services, such as refueling and stocking provisions, to U.S. Navy ships at ports worldwide. From approximately 2010 to the present, the U.S. Navy, other U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) components, and U.S. government civilian agencies awarded husbanding services contracts to MLS worth approximately $1.3 billion. The affidavit further alleges that, beginning in 2011, Rafaraci was involved in a wide-ranging scheme to bribe U.S. Navy officials, defraud the U.S. Navy using falsely inflated invoices, and launder the proceeds of the scheme through shell companies Rafaraci had set up in the United Arab Emirates, all in an effort to benefit MLS. Rafaraci made his initial appearance earlier today before U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“Frank Rafaraci allegedly defrauded the Navy, bribed a Navy official, and laundered money through foreign bank accounts for years,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Criminal Division remains committed to combating fraud and corruption in defense contracting around the world.”

“This defendant is alleged to have engaged in a wide-ranging scheme to defraud the U.S. Navy and bribe public officials for his own gain,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to pursue and hold accountable those that seek to take advantage of our military through corruption and fraud.”

“The criminal case against Rafaraci is the result of painstaking investigative efforts by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) agents, and our partner agencies,” said Special Agent in Charge Stanley A. Newell of the DCIS Transnational Operations Field Office. “Let today’s action serve as a sobering reminder to those who seek to enrich themselves at the expense of the U.S. military and American taxpayers. DCIS is resolutely committed to ensuring the integrity of the DoD’s global procurement operations.”




Yesterday's news I haven't yet read or heard reporting on.

Shout out to Mineral Man for providing a link to the Justice Department News in a different thread on a different subject, but related to the DOJ

Bunch of other Justice news published there. This one is particularly interesting in that this corrupt Defense Contractor CEO was known to have been money laundering and engaged in bribery with Naval and Marine Defense officials since 2011, if I'm reading this accurately.

Good to know our DOJ is on the case even if it took over a decade to get to the "charging" part of the prosecuting stage.

At first glance I had not seen any news releases regarding Jan 6th. I'll take a little closer look, but this article I felt was newsworthy and would be of interest to DU readers.








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msfiddlestix Oct 19 OP
FoxNewsSucks Oct 19 #1
msfiddlestix Oct 19 #4
MineralMan Oct 19 #2
msfiddlestix Oct 19 #3
Duppers Oct 19 #5
msfiddlestix Oct 20 #8
Duppers Oct 20 #11
dalton99a Oct 19 #6
msfiddlestix Oct 20 #7
kentuck Oct 20 #9
msfiddlestix Oct 20 #10

Response to msfiddlestix (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 11:41 AM

1. I hope that's just the start

The likely amount of corruption in the MIC is staggering

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Response to FoxNewsSucks (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 01:29 PM

4. Yeppers. And haven't we all learned throughout the history of civilization

Military's throughout the ages have engaged in all manner of fraud and corruption.

Including ours, however I'm not sure any other war in our history beat out the staggering amount of corruption in every manner imagined when the flood gates were opened with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

I hope General Powell was well compensated for selling off his credibility to the American People. I don't care how much this is being brushed under the rug, the media might want to reinvent his image, but I'll never forget the presentation he made to the United Nations. Not ever. Seared into my memory along with other major events in my lifetime.

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Response to msfiddlestix (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 11:46 AM

2. Yes. I noticed that one this morning when I visited the DOJ

Press Room. Thanks for posting it!

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 01:21 PM

3. Appreciated the link in the other thread

I think that was the first time for me anyway.

I just spent a little more time there. There are several other stories worthy of posting, but I can't invest in that kind of time.. too many other things I'm juggling.

Still, I would abandon all other tasks if we found certain other items were included in that list which we've all been hankering to see posted in the news.

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Response to msfiddlestix (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 06:53 PM

5. K & R

Bet this isn't on Faux.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:11 AM

8. not plugged into cable networks. has it even been mentioned on MSNBC or CNN?

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Response to msfiddlestix (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 02:13 PM

11. Sorry, I don't know. My cable has been out

Out for 4 days now; repairman comes tomorrow.

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Response to msfiddlestix (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 07:00 PM

6. Tip of the iceberg

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:09 AM

7. No Doubt.

And I'm quite sure we'll not learn much more within the window of "accountability"..



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Response to msfiddlestix (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:12 AM

9. The corruption is so deep...

You can smell it all the way to Denmark.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 09:20 AM

10. This 10,000 %

since forever from what we've learned over our lifetime. I remember the "shocking" reports post Vietnam. it was reported at the time as if it was a sort of "one off" with the multi thousand dollar ash trays and toilet seats. And then later with the various contracts for fighter jets and fighter tanks with huge failure track records. etc etc etc.

We have no idea of the scale during the twenty year long forever wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. or during TFG's regime.

Our imaginations wouldn't begin to cover it, i'm sure.

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