A former logistics officer at an NGO has been jailed for 40 months for paying bribes to procurement officials in exchange for sensitive information to enable bid-rigging in tenders.
Ernest Halilov, 43, from Turkmenistan, who worked for the humanitarian response organisation Goal, coordinated a bid-rigging scheme for NGO contracts funded in part by the US Agency for International Development between 2011 and 2016.
According to the US Department of Justice (DoJ), Halilov bribed two NGO procurement officers to obtain confidential information including bid evaluation information, specifications, and internal vendor rankings.
Halilov than provided this information to companies in exchange for kickbacks, ensuring these companies had an advantage over other bidders and increasing their ability to win NGO contracts.
“These contracts were for the procurement of food and supplies that would ultimately be provided to those affected by various humanitarian crises, including refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria,” said the DoJ.
Halilov also admitted instructing two witnesses to lie to law enforcement agents and destroy emails related to the investigation.
Halilov pleaded guilty to one charge of federal programmes bribery in December 2020.
Court filings show Halilov bribed NGO staff with cash and other items including a car, plane tickets, furniture, electronics, and an overnight shopping spree.
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