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5 indicted in Iraqi contract kickback scheme

Three former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees and two foreign contractors have been indicted in connection to a kickback scheme surrounding the award of more than $50 million in construction contracts in Iraq.

According to the indictment handed down Thursday, the men secured tens of millions in Iraq construction contracts for providing safe access to fuel, electricity, education and medical treatment.

New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says at least six foreign bank accounts in Jordan and Egypt were used to transfer illegal bribes and kickback payments to U.S. bank accounts.

At least a dozen of the U.S. accounts were based in New Jersey.

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