The cell phones were infected with porn. Then the Panama Papers exposed a bribery scheme, this ...
The cell phones were infected with porn. Then the Panama Papers exposed a bribery scheme, this company says.
The release of the Panama Papers exposed an elaborate kickback scheme whose tentacles spread from the Caribbean island of Aruba to warehouses in Doral to the offshore banking haven of Panama City, according to a lawsuit filed in Miami federal court.
The scam was allegedly hatched by Egbert Koolman, an employee of Aruba’s state-owned telecommunications provider, Setar. Koolman’s job was to buy phones from suppliers around the world for Setar to sell to consumers. But his former company says Koolman defrauded the firm of “tens of millions” of dollars by accepting kickbacks from South Florida-based mobile phone suppliers that were awarded contracts at inflated prices.
Now Setar is suing Koolman, his ex-wife and the company’s former suppliers for millions in damages, asserting bribery, bid-rigging, fraud and racketeering violations.
In addition, some of the phones bought by Koolman were faulty and included built-in “pornography applications,” much to the embarrassment of his employer, the lawsuit states.