Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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U.S. v. Rama (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Violation)

Former IAP Worldwide Services vice president James Michael Rama pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for taking part in a scheme to bribe Kuwaiti government officials in order to win a government contract. He was sentenced to 120 days in prison, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. IAP entered into a non-prosecution agreement with the federal government and agreed to pay $7.1 million to settle the matter (see IAP Worldwide instance, “Kuwait Contract Bribery”). Both IAP and Rama admitted to setting up a shell company and paying a consultant approximately $1.8 million between September 2006 and March 2008 with the understanding that some or all of the funds would be used to bribe Kuwaiti government officials. IAP provided the Project On Government Oversight the following statement: “James Rama departed IAP’s employment in 2007 and has not been employed by or affiliated with IAP since then. IAP has accepted full responsibility, made substantial improvements to its internal controls and compliance process, and cooperated in all ways. IAP takes this matter very seriously, is glad to have resolved it, and is firmly committed to its ethics and compliance program.”

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Plea Agreement
Contractors Involved Penalty
IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. $100
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 6/16/2015
Plea Agreement 6/16/2015

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database