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According to a report posted at CommonDreams.org, originally from The Independent,
the first US corruption conviction relating to the occupation of Iraq is Robert Stein, a contractor working for the now disbanded Coalition Provisional Authority, who pleaded guilty on 02 Feb to stealing more than two million dollars of reconstruction funds and taking more than one million dollars worth of contract kickbacks under a deal with an American businessman.
The ill-gotten gains financed a lavish spending spree. Mr Stein used them to buy - among other things - Lexus and Porsche cars, a Cessna light aircraft, watches, jewels, guns and grenade launchers as well as two plots of land in his native North Carolina. For his part, Mr Bloom is said to have provided his benefactors with money, first-class air tickets, and sexual favours provided by women kept in a villa in Baghdad.
Given that this story has only been mentioned in America by an indy media site, I think we can look forward to this being one of the most underreported stories of 2006.
And just to get in a political jab: the hysterically screaming anti-Clintonites of the American right-wing never did get any convictions against Slick Willy in eight years of trumped up charges. But the Republican gubmint of King George the Pathetic has Enron, Tom, Delay, the Valerie Plame Affair, Abramoff, spying on private citizens, propangandizing to the American people, New Orleans . . .