Former Kellogg, Brown And Root Employee Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charge Related To Afghanistan Contract
By: John A. Schwab
On October 24, 2012, Diyana Montes, a former employee of Kellogg, Brown and Root, pled guilty to a bribery charge related to a conspiracy to bill the U.S. Army for trucking services in Afghanistan. In 2008, Ms. Montes worked for Kellogg, Brown and Root at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan where she was responsible for coordinating transportation of U.S. military equipment and supplies throughout Afghanistan. Her duties included reviewing and verifying the request for transportation before passing them on to other contracting personnel for payment.
The guilty plea stemmed from misconduct by Mr. Montes where she forwarded inaccurate invoices for payment with the knowledge that they were fraudulent. For her role in the conspiracy, she received $35,000 wired to her bank account and $15,000 paid in cash to her in Afghanistan.