Refugee Agency Settles Fraud Case with US Department of Justice

The International Rescue Committee “[engaged] in collusive behavior and misconduct….”

(US Department of Justice)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC for short), one of nine refugee resettlement contractors*** that do business with the US State Department, has agreed to repay US taxpayers nearly $7 million to settle a fraud case.

In 2013, the CEO of the IRC, Brit David Miliband, gave George Soros its FREEDOM Award. Soros had a long involvement with the IRC and at one point sat on its board of directors.  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2013/11/09/federal-refugee-contractor-gives-freedom-award-to-george-soros/

The fraud, which occurred during the Obama administration, was discovered in its USAID program to supposedly help Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Seven million is peanuts for the IRC!

If you follow my other blog Refugee Resettlement Watch you know that this contractor, a fake non-profit refugee agency, is financially the richest of the nine contractors having received $440 million in one recent year from American taxpayers.  See 2018 IRS Form 990.

Note on that IRS Form 990 that (moneybags) Miliband pulls down an annual salary and benefits package of nearly $1 million.

And, the IRC is a politically active refugee agency (as are all of the nine) having worked against the Trump administration and advocated for the election of Joe Biden.

Here is the Department of Justice press release outlining the fraud case and the settlement agreement.

The International Rescue Committee (“IRC”) Agrees to Pay $6.9 Million To Settle Allegations That It Performed Procurement Fraud by Engaging in Collusive Behavior and Misconduct on Programs Funded by the United States Agency for International Development

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that the International Rescue Committee (“IRC”) has agreed to pay $6.9 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act related to United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”)-funded programming for beneficiaries affected by the conflict in Syria.

The settlement announced on March 16, 2021, is part of a civil resolution involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, USAID, and the USAID Office of Inspector General (OIG).

IRC is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization that provides emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees. It is headquartered in New York, New York. In the early years of the conflict in Syria, IRC received USAID funding for humanitarian assistance programming, specifically to provide emergency cross-border humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons located within Syria.

USAID’s OIG conducted investigations in Turkey into allegations that IRC staff participated in a collusion and kickback scheme with a Turkish supply ring, which included bid-rigging activities in the selection of goods and services contracts for cross-border humanitarian relief into Syria. USAID OIG and the USAO-DC Civil Division also investigated allegations that IRC staff received kickbacks, steered bid procurement tenders, and allowed conflicts of interest between staff and suspect vendors. The investigation revealed that conduct by IRC staff resulted in the procurement of goods at unreasonably high prices, which were subsequently invoiced to USAID from October 2012 to December 2015.

USAO-DC Civil Division and USAID OIG thoroughly examined all source documents including contracts, proposals, contract terms, and invoices, in the lead-up to IRC’s agreement to pay the United States $6,934,500 to settle the False Claims Act allegations.

We are happy to bring this case to resolution and will continue to work with Offices of Inspectors General to ensure that humanitarian aid dollars that are targeted for humanitarian assistance for displaced persons are not compromised by lax oversight controls but are used appropriately to help those in dire need,” said Acting United States Attorney Channing D. Phillips.

Acting USAID Inspector General Thomas J. Ullom stated, “This settlement sends a strong message that USAID-funded implementers must have systems in place to detect, deter, and prevent fraud in humanitarian assistance programming. Aid organizations that lack proper monitoring and oversight controls over their procurement processes put taxpayer dollars at risk and compromise the delivery of critical assistance to those in need. USAID OIG’s global investigative operations will continue to shine a light on and drive consequences for fraud affecting USAID programming.”

Fraud is not rare in the refugee resettlement industry as we noted here last month.

Fraud Uncovered in Special Refugee Admissions Program for Iraqis

 

***For New Readers these are the nine federal refugee contractors who worked to put Biden and Harris in the White House; are lobbying for millions of illegal aliens to be transformed into legal voting citizens; and they have succeeded in getting the new administration to promise to raise the ceiling for refugee admissions to 125,000 for next year FY2022—that is the highest cap in 29 years.

The 62,500 cap you may have been hearing about is for the remainder of FY21.  FY21 ends in less than 7 months. So far Biden is dragging his feet  on signing necessary documents to open the spigot.

The contractors are in my opinion fake charities because they are largely paid by you, the taxpayer, for their work of changing America by changing the people, and in so doing, are putting struggling Americans last!

Cleveland: Chinese Doc Accused of Ripping Us Off for Millions

And, he is accused of passing his US taxpayer-funded research on to China.

From Fox 8:

Former Cleveland Clinic doctor accused of sharing research funded by US with Chinese government

CLEVELAND (WJW) — A former Cleveland Clinic research doctor and Case Western Reserve University professor is accused of receiving federal grant money for research in the United States and not disclosing similar funding he received for research in the People’s Republic of China.

Don’t miss the video accompanying the news story at Fox 8: https://fox8.com/news/former-cleveland-clinic-doctor-accused-of-sharing-research-funded-by-us-with-chinese-government/

He is also accused of sharing research he did in the U.S. with the Chinese government.

Dr. Qing Wang, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home in Shaker Heights. He is being charged with false claims and wire fraud related to more than $3.6 million in grant funding that he and his research group at the Cleveland Clinic received from the National Institutes of Health.

According to a federal complaint, Dr. Wang “knowingly failed to disclose to NIH that he held an affiliation and the position of Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Technology at the Huazhong University of Sciences and Technology” in China. It alleges that he received $3 million in grants from the Chinese government for some of the same scientific research that was funded by the NIH grant, but never disclosed that information.

“Why should another country and another group of citizens benefit from information that we funded here in the United States?” said Jeffrey Fortunato, an assistant special-agent-in-charge with the Cleveland Division of the FBI.

Dr. Wang is also accused of participating in a Chinese government program that recruited individuals with access to or knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property.

More here.

See the FBI press announcement here for more details. So much for screening these foreign researchers BEFORE they get here.

Many ‘New American’ Medical Researchers Blocked from Receiving Federal Grants

https://americanfreepress.net/medical-research-scam-exposed/

….but, how many others are never caught?

This morning I wanted some news that didn’t involve the Chinese Virus ‘Crisis’ and thanks to a reader, Kristin, here is a little something you should know about.

LOL! But it does indirectly involve the virus because you can bet that gobs and gobs of borrowed billions is flowing to medical researchers in the quest for the magic bullet to stop COVID-19.

The federal government doles out grants in the billions of dollars to researchers in various fields, and does have an oversight department called the Office of Research Integrity that investigates fraudulent research and cheating researchers.  “Research misconduct” they call it.

You have been hearing a lot on the news lately about our “Public Health Services” and ORI lists those federal agencies and acts as a watchdog over them.

Here are the Public Health Services we pay to guard our health:

Office of Public Health and Science
National Institutes of Health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Food and Drug Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Health Resources and Services Administration
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The Indian Health Service
Office of Regional Health Administrators

Now check out the list of recently debarred*** medical researchers listed by ORI.

The message across the world must be—go to America foreign student/doctor and suck off the American taxpayers!

The list is live here: https://ori.hhs.gov/case_summary

You can access the cases from here as well.

Have a look at Dr. Sudhakar Yakkanti for example.  He can be back as soon as 2024 looking for more federal bucks!

How many more ‘new Americans’ are participating in “research misconduct” and are not ever exposed?

No wonder that so many Americans are suspicious of medical information being put forth on the nightly news.

***The debarment and suspension procedures are intended to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in Federal procurement and non-procurement actions. Debarment or suspension of an organization or individual excludes that company or individual from doing business with the Federal Government.

Duke University Ordered to Repay the Federal Government (you!) $112 Million for Grant Fraud

It looks like all involved are Americans (LOL! I am, after all, fair and balanced here at Frauds and Crooks!).

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I’m stuck with posting a photo of the university since I could not find a photo of the researcher who lied or the whistleblower who is now rich!

But, I’m bringing you this news for several reasons and first and foremost I want you to know that a whistleblower filed a lawsuit that provided information about how research data was being fudged (for years!) and has been awarded $33 million as a reward under the False Claims Act.
Good for him!
So keep an eye on possible opportunities for you to turn in someone or some institution that is defrauding Uncle Sam!  
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