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Federal Agencies Fall Victim to African Fraud Scheme
www.wftw.com ^ | 07-25-2013 | Staff

Posted on 07/25/2013 8:37:57 AM PDT by Red Badger

(WASHINGTON) -- Even the U.S. government has to deal with those pesky, Internet-based scams out of Africa.

New court documents show that several years ago, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies fell victim to an intricate fraud scheme, whereby individuals in Kenya were able to divert payments from those agencies to their own bank accounts.

In 2008, a group of unidentified individuals in Kenya somehow accessed the U.S. government’s Central Contractor Registry, a password-protected database that maintains bank account information of government contractors and research institutions doing work for the government, according to the court documents filed Friday in federal court.

After accessing the registry, the individuals changed bank routing information to divert the money to accounts they controlled, the documents said. In at least one case, those bank accounts were accessed from an Internet café in Kenya.

In June 2008, more than $135,000 paid by the National Institutes of Health and meant for the University of Notre Dame was diverted to the bank accounts. Two months earlier, more than $25,000 paid by the Department of Defense and meant for a technology institute was diverted, according to the court documents.

In total, the alleged fraudsters’ bank accounts received nearly $250,000 in diverted funds.

But most -- if not all -- of that money was frozen before the alleged fraudsters could take hold of it. The bank had launched its own investigation, and the FBI followed suit, court documents said.

Court documents name two men as persons of interest in the case, but one was deported from the United States due to “violent criminal conduct.” Another has yet to be located, though he may have previously been involved in money laundering and bank fraud, according to court documents.

A spokeswoman for NIH and a spokesman for the FBI’s field office in Baltimore, which is handling the matter, did not immediately comment.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: fraud; hacking; internet; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 07/25/2013 8:37:57 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

‘Fraud’. Yeah.

They’re assuming there weren’t willing accomplices on the inside.

Wonder how many OTHER countries this happes with...


2 posted on 07/25/2013 8:41:48 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Red Badger

Geez. Here I thought our head Kenayan already got plenty of pay plus umlimited perks on AF-1. And a ginormous expense account for the mooch to buy $500 sneakers to wear to the soup kitchen to do her “community service”.


3 posted on 07/25/2013 8:43:03 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Red Badger; lowbridge

A simple profiling would have spared them


4 posted on 07/25/2013 8:44:20 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Red Badger
pResident O'Butplug's Merry Bunch/Gang of Grifters..Kenyan Branch of the DNC.

5 posted on 07/25/2013 8:46:32 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :)
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To: Red Badger

It’d be a very good way to get money to someone off the books and make it look like it was stolen. Don’t be surprised if the whole scam thing is a front.


6 posted on 07/25/2013 8:49:04 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Red Badger

Kenya and not Nigeria? In 2008... Just before the elections? Wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t a funding operation for Obama. Explains where all the foreign “donation” came from.


7 posted on 07/25/2013 8:49:46 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Black Agnes
Wonder how many OTHER countries this happens with...

Likely in more than those where it does not occur.

8 posted on 07/25/2013 8:58:48 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: Michael.SF.

I wouldn’t be surprised to find that MOST agencies aren’t leaking like a sieve with unprosecuted fraud.

And that most of the perpetrators are somehow connected with the countries receiving the funds.


9 posted on 07/25/2013 9:02:18 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes
And that most of the perpetrators are somehow connected with the countries receiving the funds.

NY food stamp recipients ship welfare-funded groceries to Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3045522/posts

10 posted on 07/25/2013 9:19:35 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Red Badger

Oh those Kenyans, always screwing over the US Government!


11 posted on 07/25/2013 10:25:12 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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