An employee of a known U.S.-based development consulting firm gets three years in prison for bribery.
Din Mohammad Ramin, an Afghan citizen and former DAI employee, was sentenced by an Afghan court on March 27, 2012, for receiving a kickback of about $5,000 from a program beneficiary in Afghanistan. He was working as a procurement officer for the Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development project, which was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The Afghan National Police and Afghan Attorney General’s Anti-Corruption Unit, with assistance from USAID, arrested Ramin in December. Apart from the prison sentence, he will be paying a fine of $10,000.
A number of cases involving U.S. aid money have been reported in Afghanistan. In the past five years, more than 40 U.S. individuals working on U.S.-funded development projects in the Asian country have been convicted of fraud.
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