Abdul Huda Farouki, 75, his brother Mazen Farouki, 73, of Boyce and Salah Maarouf, 71, of Fairfax all pleaded not guilty to the fraud and violations against Iranian sanctions.
The men were all executives connected to defense contractor Anham FZCO, which is based in the United Arab Emirates.
They were awarded an $8 billion contract to provide supplies and food to American troops in Afghanistan in 2012, under the Obama administration.
The indictment revealed the company delivered false timelines for when the work would be done on two warehouses.
They backed up those claims using misleading photos of the construction site.
The company allegedly also tried to cut costs by moving supplies through Iran, which is a violation of U.S. sanctions.
Many people wonder if the supplies and food actually made it to Afghanistan, and wasn’t actually delivered to Iranian forces.
According to reports, when Abdul Huda Farouki learned that The Wall Street Journal was going to run a story about Anham moving supplies through Iran illegally, “investigators say he sent an email to a senior Pentagon official saying that senior management had no knowledge of the plans.”
Anham also received a second contract for $984 million to bring trucking services to the U.S. military in Afghanistan, but again, the indictment charges that the ‘trucks’ were illegally sent through Iran.
“Each executive has been charged with two counts of major fraud, one count of conspiracy to violate the restrictions on doing business with Iran, four counts of substantive violations of those restrictions and one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering.”
They are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, but the incident has caused many people to question exactly what the Obama administration knew about the acts.
Is it possible that these contracts were awarded with a nudge and a wink, knowing that the company would be ‘sending’ supplies through Iran? Are all the supplies accounted for? Did some end up in the hands of Iranian troops?
Others ask, are these men fundamental followers of Islam? Did they get these contracts for their company knowing that $9 billion in American tax dollars would be slowly siphoned to their cause?
Were these contracts payback from Hillary Clinton and other democrats for previous donations?
It’s all speculation at this point, but the fact that they are just now being charged says quite a bit about the Obama administration’s ability to watch over the interests of American taxpayers.