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A U.S. contractor has pleaded guilty to spreading $2 million in bribes to win contracts with the U.S.-run Coalition Provisional Authority, which ruled Iraq in the wake of the U.S. invasion of that country.
Philip Bloom gave CPA contracting officers and other contractors "first-class plane tickets, real estate lots, weapons, new SUVs, cigars, Breitling watches, jewelry, alcohol, sexual favors from prostitutes kept at Bloom's Baghdad villa and cash bribes," court documents say. When he was given contracts, he failed to do the work, or did a poor job, officials say.
Elsewhere, a Pentagon contracting official used her post for personal gain, directing lucrative security contracts to a company she helped set up and run. (LA Times, LA Times)