A former procurement specialist working on behalf of NGOs involved in the supply of humanitarian aid into Syria has pleaded guilty to paying bribes to NGO procurement officers in exchange for sensitive procurement information relating to contracts funded in part by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The contracts were for the procurement of food and supplies to be provided to those affected by various humanitarian crises, including refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria.
The individual, a Turkmenistan citizen, admitted to coordinating a bid-rigging scheme between 2011 and 2016 to bid on contracts procured by NGOs and funded by USAID. He bribed two NGO officers to obtain the sensitive procurement information such as bid evaluation criteria and specifications, and then provided this information to his preferred companies in exchange for kickbacks. He is due to be sentenced on 26 March.