An Afghan accused of defrauding a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded program in Afghanistan was arrested in Kabul last week, according to USAID Acting Assistant Inspector for Investigations Dona Dinkler.
Ahman Samim Sediqi allegedly embezzled approximately USD193,000 from a USD229 million local governance program funded by USAID and managed by a U.S. contractor.
Sediqi served as finance coordinator of the program and was tasked to deposit the U.S. contractor’s monthly tax payments to the Afghan finance ministry. An investigation commenced after the ministry reported that it did not receive any payment from the contractor.
The USAID Office of the Inspector General in Kabul assisted local authorities in the investigation.
Sediqi is currently detained in Kabul while awaiting trial, according to a USAID news release.