The Saab group’s Tony Abi Saab is Profiting in millions in the guise of procuring contracts in Afghanistan.
The contract fraud in Afghanistan that the USA is party to, has raised questions on the ethics of the players involved in Afghanistan. An unholy nexus of cunning arms dealers and businessmen, fraudulent Middle Eastern companies and Afghan contractors have seen a lot of US money going waste.
Tony Abi Saab who conspired against the US government, bribed US Army officials and defrauded the US government of over 5 million dollars and diverted funds to terror activities. But he is doing it for his own gain, and not any ideology.
Tony Abi Saab set up ghost companies that the Abi Saab group along with their partner in crime Raymond Azar operated, and they were K5 Global and Bennet Fouch.
These two American construction companies all of a sudden suspended their operations in Afghanistan and left the country, where they were working. They allegedly owed their Afghan partners more than $2 million, and were temporarily blacklisted by the US military. Since they defaulted on payments to Afghan contractors, they were asked to pay the money and they did not comply.
Since Army General David Petraeus took over charge of coalition forces, it was the first time that the U.S. military suspended an American prime contractor in Afghanistan. The international contracting business in Afghanistan is a multibillion dollar industry but there is a lot of corruption in its land. General Petraeus on his part directed his officers with special guidelines calling on the U.S. military to look at where all the money was going? According to him, improper handling of funds could lead to corruption, financing of terrorist organisations, and strengthening of criminal networks.
Thus the US Government barred Bennett-Fouch Associates and K5 Global from being considered for U.S. contracts. The firms were prevented by the US government from bidding for the contracts for 18 months.
Tony Abi Saab company Brescia Middle East (BME) was implicated in 2001 when the FBI and the US Army conducted a sting operation. But he got away on a technicality and ended up serving no time in jail in spite of the best efforts of the US authorities.
It is time that such fraud and malpractices are stopped and their perpetrators are caught red-handed by the US Government to end the horrific loss of money and lives in the Middle East. Tony currently operates a network of shell companies: in Italy: ARMERIA AMELIO GAMBA Srl, INTESA SANPAOLO S.P.A., Benelli Armi, franchi division, Fiocchi munizione, Armeria brignoli silvio & c snc , BLS — Germany: Umarex gmbh & co KG — France: Noble france sa — Turkey: Osmanli Arms, ISTANBUL and KONYA, KOMANDO AV SAN TIC LTD, ATA Av tufekleri — Bangladesh: Emran arms, — East Europe and Russia: Kula Ltd., Tiblisi -Georgia, LOBASTOV IVAN, Baikal Ltd, Izhevsk city, Russia, Arsenal, Bulgaria, MSN and CSG Group, Czech Republic, Berkut Ltd, Ukraine — Brasil: Condor.