Indictment Returned Against OKC Defense Contractor

A federal grand jury in Oklahoma City returns an indictment against a former manager of a U.S. Department of Defense contractor in Iraq, charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery and failing to appear in court, the Department of Justice said.
Elie Samir Chidiac, currently a fugitive, is the former Iraq site manager for Raman Corp., a Lebanese company with an affiliate, Texas-based Raman International Inc.
According to the indictment, Chidiac participated in two conspiracies in which he bribed Army Major Theresa Jeanne Baker in connection with contracts awarded at Camp Victory, Iraq. The indictment supersedes an indictment returned on Jan. 22, 2008, which charged Chidiac with two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery.
Chidiac was arrested on those charges on Jan. 25, 2008, and was placed under home confinement pending trial. On May 22, 2008, Chidiac failed to report to authorities in Austin, Texas, as required by the terms of his home confinement and has not been seen by law enforcement since that time. He failed to appear for his scheduled trial date in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on June 9, 2008.
From July 2006 until at least March 2007, Raman and Chidiac gave money and other items to Baker in return for the award of DOD contracts at Camp Victory. In a second conspiracy, which took place from November 2006 to March 2007, Baker canceled contracts that were awarded to third party contractors and fraudulently re-awarded them to Chidiac. Baker then authorized Chidiac to receive cash payments for those contracts, despite the fact that Chidiac had neither delivered any goods nor performed any services. In return, Chidiac gave a portion of the money back to Baker, according to the indictment.

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