FAIRFIELD — A suspected bribery scheme with implications here in Solano County was shut down with the arrest this week in Europe of one of two suspects, federal authorities announced Thursday.
The elaborate scheme centered on a lucrative contract for medical supplies destined for Travis Air Force Base.
The scheme included promises of Rolex watches, high-tech email security countermeasures and trips to foreign countries, according to information released by the U.S. Attorneys Office in Sacramento.
Details of the alleged bribery were included in a federal grand jury indictment.
The indictment led to the provisional arrest Wednesday of Lida Amin, 39, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Dublin, here in California, in Prague, located in the Czech Republic, according to information released Thursday.
Czech authorities acted at the request of U.S. authorities. The Department of Justice will seek to extradite Amin to the United States.
Also charged in the indictment is Amin’s brother, Nabil Amin. They are suspected of conspiring to bribe a U.S. Air Force contract administrator, formerly stationed in Afghanistan, in exchange for government contracts.
Lida Amin also faces three counts of using interstate commerce facilities, namely Interstate 80 and Internet-based email at Travis Air Force Base, to further her alleged bribery activities.
The alleged bribery included a September 2012 meeting with the contract administrator in Budapest, Hungary, according to the indictment.
The contract for medical clothing and linens was for just shy of $250,000. The supplies were shipped in July to the 60th Contracting Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, according to the indictment, which was returned under seal Aug. 8 by a federal grand jury. Payment of the bribe was to take place in Prague.
The indictment was unsealed Wednesday after Lida Amin’s arrest. The custody status of Nabil Amin was not released.
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