Thursday, February 03, 2011

Jordanian stole $250k from US in Iraq

"A jury has convicted a Jordanian man who worked for the US Embassy in Baghdad of stealing almost $250,000 from the mission, the Department of Justice announced.

Osama Esam Saleem Ayesh, 36, had been hired by the State Department to oversee the shipping of personal property of US officials in Iraq and clear the goods through customs.

Wednesday, a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, found he created a fake email account to impersonate a real contractor and funnel payments totalling $243,416 on false invoices to an account in his wife's name in Jordan.

Ayesh faces ten years in prison on each of two counts of theft and five years for a conflict of interest charge when he is sentenced April 8."

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