Charity worker led US agents to suspect ‘corrupt scheme’
ERNST Halilov was independently wealthy – that much was known in Goal.
As a logistics expert in some of the world’s most-troubled disaster zones he also had a reputation for getting things done.
Few though knew how he made his money, and certainly to the wider world, Halilov was every inch the dashing humanitarian aid worker.
That perception, though, is shattered by the BDO Investigation Report into his activities at Goal.
Firstly, he was investigated by Goal’s then head of Risk, Audit and Compliance, Jerry Cole, in late 2012 and early 2013 when allegations of corruption surfaced in Goal’s South Sudan programme.
Mr Cole’s investigation into Halilov found ‘irregularities’ that ‘are common risk indicators of collusion with suppliers to commit procurement fraud.’
Notwithstanding these concerns Halilov was still allowed – by those who investigated him – to become a crucial linchpin to Goal’s Syria programme.
And that was just where further concerns about corruption would once again emerge.
Those concerns were first identified by special agents acting for the US foreign aid Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
The agents interviewed a Goal employee in Syria in April of last year. When questioned, the employee admitted to the agents that they were assisting Mr Halilov in what the agents believe was ‘a corrupt scheme by providing him with confidential information and attempting to manipulate Goal’s procurement processes to favour certain supplier companies’.
This ruse saw them influence three contracts for emergency flour rations and food kits, all of which went to firms specified by Halilov, the BDO report states.
The Goal employee ‘admitted that they expected financial reward from Mr Halilov’. And payments to the employee were identified.
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