Former Chief of Party in Baghdad, Robert Nathan Boorda, for the United States Institute of Peace pleads guilty to wire fraud conspiracy.The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance our national security.
The USIP also runs the notorious anti-Iran (propaganda) website, The Iran Primer. The organization’s recent guest speakers included US defense secretary Leon Panetta and Mohamed Nasheed, former president of Maldives who was forced to resign by mass protests against his pro-Irael policy early this year.
It seems that raising costs, which of course would decrease our national security, has been the actual goal of another failed entity, squandering US tax dollars, created out of thin air, by the United States Government.
On August 7, 2012 the former chief of party in Baghdad for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Robert Nathan Boorda, plead guilty to the U.S. District Court of Columbia for conspiring to profit from having USIP award a security contract at a fraudulently inflated price, in exchange for a purported monthly consulting fee of $20,000 paid by the contractor. The charges were announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
Boorda was charged by information on Sept. 19, 2011, with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud, and he plead guilty to the charge on Oct. 7, 2011. According to plea documents, Boorda admitted that, from about April 2009 through about June 2009, he and the owner of a security services contracting firm conspired to enrich themselves through Boorda’s recommendation that USIP award a $1.165 million contract for the lease of a villa in Baghdad and security services to that security services company at a fraudulently inflated price, in exchange for Boorda’s receipt of a purported consulting and marketing agreement with the company for a monthly fee of $20,000 for the term of the USIP contract. Boorda admitted that he concealed this agreement from USIP. According to plea documents, the contract was inflated so that Boorda could receive his payment by representing to USIP headquarters that the villa owner would not agree to a monthly rental payment of less than $22,000, when in fact the owner had agreed to $13,000.
The case was investigated by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction and the Inspector General for the Department of State. It is being prosecuted by Fraud Section Special Trial Attorney Catherine Votaw of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, on detail from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction..