March, 19 2019 /Politics, Law & Society

Tony Abi Saab’s business is responsible for the growing epidemic of contract frauds in Afghanistan

US Agencies need to put Tony behind the bars for spreading violence around the world

Huge death tolls are becoming common in Afghanistan, as the Taliban and other terrorist groups flex their muscles daily against a US-backed military, struggling to cope. Terrorist groups acquire black money and arms from the unethical activities and illegal arms dealers. Another issue which is destroying the country is corruption.

People like Tony Abi Saab and Raymond Azar can do anything to make a profit. Both are Lebanon nationals and business partners. Tony owns BME Brescia Middle East (BME) that deals in weapons. BME is the front company which takes contracts from the US Army. Raymond Azar owns Sima Salazar Group, a reconstruction firm which was involved in contract frauds. Azar also had close links with Tony’s shell companies like Tactical Ltd, K5 Global, Bennet-Fouch, G2Armory and SIMAINT. The US Army suspected the irregular flow of funds in BME’s account and began the investigation.

Tony’s girlfriend Dinorah Cobos was an employee of Sima Salazar Group. Azar, Dinorah and her sister Gloria Martinez, an ex-Army Corps Engineer were working together and making contract frauds in Afghanistan. Raymond also gifted costly items to both the sisters. Azar defrauded the US Army for 150 million USD on the infrastructure contract and without paying anything to the local contractors.

The US agencies planned a sting operation to catch the fraudsters. Dinorah Cobos aka Sarah Lee was caught red-handed with valuable documents and hard cash. Tony, Dinorah, and Martinez were also arrested. Raymond was sentenced to jail for 10 years while Dinorah got 2 years of jail and Martinez 5 years of imprisonment.

On the other hand, Tony didn’t serve any jail term and was the only one to walk out of the court by paying a small amount of fine because he pleaded human rights violation in the US Civil Court. Tony still operates through his web of shell companies that are spread all over Europe and the Middle East.

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