Zaldy N. Sabino, a procurement officer with the State Department’s Office of Acquisitions Management (AQM) has been charged with 17 counts of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, and making false statements. Sabino worked in the Facilities Design Construction Division of the AQM which administers contracts involving overseas building construction.
Truman Lewis filed this report for Fairfax News
A 17-count indictment was unsealed today charging Zaldy N. Sabino, a contracting officer with the U.S. Department of State, with conspiracy, bribery, honest services wire fraud, and making false statements.
According to the indictment, between November 2012 and early 2017, Sabino and the owner of a Turkish construction firm allegedly engaged in a bribery and procurement fraud scheme in which Sabino received at least $239,300 in cash payments from the Turkish owner while Sabino supervised multi-million dollar construction contracts awarded to the Turkish owner’s business partners and while Sabino made over a half million in structured cash deposits into his personal bank accounts.
Sabino allegedly concealed his unlawful relationship by, among other things, making false statements on financial disclosure forms and during his background reinvestigation.
The case is being investigated by the Department of State’s Office of Inspector General and the FBI’s Washington Field Office.