Criminal Probes Launched Into Iraqi Arms Deals

One of scores of investigations focus on aide to Gen. Petraeus
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 5:11 AM CDT
Iraqi Army's soldiers organize a line of cars at a checkpoint in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Scores of investigations are under way into fraud, bribery and other criminal activity relating to billions of dollars worth of arms and other war materiel supplied to forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, the New York Times reports. The focus of the investigations range from the misappropriation of a few thousand dollars to multi-million-dollar bribery cases.

The probes have led to indictments of several Americans. One of the officers under investigation is Lt. Col. Levonda Joey Selph, who reported directly to Gen. David Petraeus when he was in charge of training and equipping Iraqi forces in 2004 and 2005.