#2392: Marine Brief – Pinkerton Bookmakers’ Cross-dressing Pimps – Serco’s 8(a) GPS Spot-Fixing Clock – Barry’s SpaceX Thermite Bom
1. After the Gaming Act 1845 deemed a wager unenforceable as a legal contract, Pinkerton agents in the United Kingdom allegedly supplied bookmakers with cross-dressing pimps to entrap and blackmail the elites in same-sex brothels and extort protection from politicians and police.
2. Pinkerton bookmakers allegedly set up Serco 8(a) protégé companies to provide GPS timing signals from the U.K.’s NPL atomic clock to the Boeing HQ in Chicago and spot fix the ignition of an incendiary device on the space shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003 after 300 17:40:22 in space.
3. Pinkerton apparently used Barack Obama (a.k.a. Barry Soetoro) to pimp for cross-dressing members of Chicago’s Down Low Club and to grant Cabinet-level liquidation rights to the LGBT owners of SBA 8(a) companies who allegedly spot fixed the ignition of a thermite bomb on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the billionaire owner’s birthday 7/28/2015 after 2:19 in flight!
Readers are invited to browse Abel Danger‘s website where United States Marine Field McConnell has proof by contradiction – no rebuttal – of a conspiracy between Pinkerton bookmakers’ pimps and Serco lenders and investors to profit from spot-fixed man-made or natural disasters and extort the silence or cooperation of politicians and police through same-sex blackmail.
Cross-dressing Pinkerton agent Kate Warne
Prequel 1: #2391: Marine Brief – Pinkerton GPS Hotel Tunis Tracks – Serco 8(a) Cross-Dressed Tags – White’s Club Spot-Fixed Body Bags
“The first bookmaker in the United Kingdom is considered to be Harry Ogden, who opened a business in the 1790s, although similar activities had existed in other forms earlier in the eighteenth century. Following the Gaming Act 1845, the only gambling allowed in the United Kingdom was at race tracks. The introduction of special excursion trains meant that all classes of society could attend the new racecourses opening across the country. Cash concentrated towards the bookmakers who employed bodyguards against protection gangs operating within the vast crowds.”
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“2SpaceX’s rocket just exploded. Here’s why that’s such a big deal.
By Christian Davenport June 28
SpaceX’s unmanned Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday but exploded a few minutes after liftoff. It was on a mission to resupply the International Space Station. (NASA)
An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded a couple of minutes after liftoff Sunday morning. It was the third cargo mission to the space station to be lost in recent months.
The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:21 a.m., and everything seemed fine until 2 minutes at 19 seconds. Then video of the launch showed harrowing, if now familiar, images of a rocket exploding into a plume of smoke. The Falcon 9 was carrying more than 4,000 pounds of food and supplies to the space station, where American Scott Kelly is spending a year. There were no astronauts onboard.
The explosion also lost many student experiments and a water filtration system. Also onboard was a piece of hardware that would be used to help two new crew vehicles dock to the station.”
“Why Did SpaceX’s Rocket Explode In The Atmosphere? June 29, 2015 | by Caroline Reid …
Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, had his 44th birthday on Sunday, the same day as the crash. He summed up the day with a tweet. @adventFuturist yeah, not the best birthday — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2015.”
“The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
During the launch of STS-107, Columbia’s 28th mission, a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle external tank and struck the left wing. A few previous shuttle launches had seen minor damage from foam shedding, but some engineers suspected that the damage to Columbia was more serious. NASA managers limited the investigation, reasoning that the crew could not have fixed the problem if it had been confirmed.
When Columbia re-entered the atmosphere of Earth, the damage allowed hot atmospheric gases to penetrate and destroy the internal wing structure, which caused the spacecraft to become unstable and slowly break apart.”
“Materials Analysis: A Key to Unlocking the Mystery of the Columbia Tragedy Brian M. Mayeaux, Thomas E. Collins, Gregory A. Jerman, Steven J. McDanels, Robert S. Piascik, Richard W. Russell, and Sandeep R. Shah Author’s note: This document was prepared under the sponsorship of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Neither the United States government nor any person acting on behalf of the United States government assumes any liability resulting from the use of the information contained in this document, or warrants that such use will be free from privately owned rights. ..
Materials analyses of key forensic evidence helped unlock the mystery of the loss of space shuttle Columbia that disintegrated February 1, 2003 while returning from a 16-day research mission. Following an intensive four-month recovery effort by federal, state, and local emergency management and law officials, Columbia debris was collected, catalogued, and reassembled at the Kennedy Space Center. Engineers and scientists from the Materials and Processes (M&P) team formed by NASA supported Columbia reconstruction efforts, provided factual data through analysis, and conducted experiments to validate the root cause of the accident. Fracture surfaces and thermal effects of selected airframe debris were assessed, and process flows for both nondestructive and destructive sampling and evaluation of debris were developed. The team also assessed left hand (LH) airframe components that were believed to be associated with a structural breach of Columbia. Analytical data collected by the M&P team showed that a significant thermal event occurred at the left wing leading edge in the proximity of LH reinforced carbon carbon (RCC) panels 8 and 9. The analysis also showed exposure to temperatures in excess of 1,649°C, which would severely degrade the support structure, tiles, and RCC panel materials. The integrated failure analysis of wing leading edge debris and deposits strongly supported the hypothesis that a breach occurred at LH RCC panel 8.
Metallurgical Evaluation of RCC Deposits
It was expected that other high-temperature reactions would take place resulting in the formation of many other products due to the presence of different materials in the wing leading edge. Therefore, prior to rigorous analysis, some criteria for the interpretation of results from chemical analyses of the deposits were established from preliminary electron microprobe analysis (EMPA). Those criteria include:8
Alloys containing high amounts of nickel and iron such as A286, IN718, IN625, and IN601 could be identified and distinguished based on the Ni/Fe ratio and the presence of secondary elements such as Mo, Nb, Co, and Ti.
Aluminum 2024 wing spar material could be identified from the presence of copper with aluminum and copper with Al2O3.
Cerachrome could be identified by the presence of chromium within a mixture of Al2O3 and SiO2.
The presence of a pure metal, such as iron, that is surrounded by Al2O3, with no other elements nearby, is indicative of a thermite reaction.
SiO2 from tile may be identified by its physical nature and the absence of other accompanying elements and compounds. However, SiO2 may also form from the erosion and oxidation of SiC in RCC.”
Canada’s surveillance satellites scheduled to be put into orbit on same rocket that exploded
DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN
More from David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: June 29, 2015 | Last Updated: June 29, 2015 6:01 PM EDT
Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida June 28, 2015 with a Dragon CRS7 spacecraft. The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station. “The vehicle has broken up,” said NASA commentator George Diller, after NASA television broadcast images of the white rocket falling to pieces. “At this point it is not clear to the launch team exactly what happened.” The disaster was the first of its kind for the California-based company headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has led a series of successful launches even as competitor Orbital Sciences lost one of its rockets in an explosion in October, and a Russian supply ships was lost in April. SpaceX’s live webcast of the launch went silent about two minutes 19 seconds into the flight, and soon after the rocket could be seen exploding and small pieces tumbling back toward Earth. BRUCE WEAVER /
The pride of Canada’s space program is scheduled to be launched on the same type of U.S. rocket that blew up on the weekend.
The Radarsat Constellation Mission, which will cost taxpayers $975 million, is to be launched in 2018 on the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX, a private firm established by Canadian-South African high tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, suffered a setback on Sunday when its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after take-off. It was carrying supplies to the International Space Station, or ISS.
The explosion is a reminder of the technical difficulties of space operations as well as of the limited avenues to launch satellites and other spacecraft, say analysts.
NASA is trying to outsource launches to private firms such as SpaceX.
India and Russia also provide such services to companies and nations but there is a strong demand for a spot on their rockets.
The Canadian government, however, is boycotting the use of Russian launchers because of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea from Ukraine and its support for separatist forces battling Ukraine’s government.
“That limits the options Canada has for (Radarsat Constellation) even if we wanted to change launch providers,” said Chuck Black, a Toronto-based space analyst.
Black said the launch of the Radarsat Constellation Mission or RCM will be delayed but it’s too early to tell by how much.
Musk tweeted Monday morning that his firm has done an extensive review of the data from the rocket but has yet to determine the cause of the explosion.
The three RCM surveillance satellites will provide the government with a significant capability. Because there are three spacecraft the ability to keep an eye on the Arctic and the approaches to Canada’s coastlines is increased.
In October a rocket provided by another private firm, Orbital Sciences, blew up shortly after launch. It was carrying supplies for the ISS.
But Black pointed out that a Russian spacecraft also malfunctioned in April. The cargo ship, headed for the space station, reached orbit but later went out of control.
“Space is hard” said Black, repeating a common industry phrase now being used in reaction to the SpaceX explosion.
MacDonald Dettwiler of British Columbia, the prime contractor for RCM, selected SpaceX as its launcher in 2013 before the government brought in the embargo against Russian rockets.
The Canadian Space Agency did not provide comment.
But MacDonald Dettwiler still remains confident in the company. “SpaceX has already demonstrated a history of successful launches, and with a large number of future launches in their manifest we are confident that SpaceX offers a suitable launch option for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission,” said MDA spokeswoman Wendy Keyzer. “We await the results of the upcoming investigation that is expected to provide specifics on the incident.”
Last month the Citizen reported that the launch of another Canadian government surveillance satellite, known as M3MSat, had fallen two years behind schedule because the Conservative government wouldn’t allow it to be put into orbit by a Russian rocket.
Black noted that other nations and organizations haven’t shied away from using the Russian launchers. Last year a Norwegian Defence Department satellite, similar to the grounded Canadian M3MSat, was launched by a Russian rocket. Two satellites, built by the space flight lab at the University of Toronto, were also launched by the Russians.
Black noted that the Canadian government’s boycott hasn’t had much impact on the Russians as other nations and organizations are lined up to place their spacecraft on their rockets.
RCM follows the highly successful RADARSAT-1, launched by NASA in 1995, and RADARSAT-2, put into orbit by the Russians in 2007.
Initial work on RCM began in 2005.
The U.S. space industry is also struggling with the issue of Russian equipment.
Congress passed a law prohibiting the purchase of Russian engines for rockets used to launch American military spacecraft because of the situation in Ukraine.
But the Pentagon, along with U.S. defence firms such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, are lobbying Congress to remove the ban since it is hurting the country’s military space program.
Russia has argued that politics should be kept out international efforts in space. It has indicated it is more than willing to launch the Canadian satellites despite frosty relations between the two nations, say Canadian military and industry sources.
The Russian engines have been used in 54 launches of NASA and U.S. military spacecraft over the last decade.
“Helen Vernet (1876–1956) was the first woman in the history of horse racing in Great Britain to be granted a license that permitted a person “of fit and proper character” to legally carry out business as a bookmaker on a racecourse in accordance with the Betting Houses Act of 1853 and subsequent amendments. Born Helen Monica Mabel Cunningham, at the age of 17 she married Spencer Thornton, a stockbroker by profession. Apparently, this was not a happy union from the outset as the marriage ended in annulment. As a result of a marriage annulment rather than a divorce, in accordance with Matrimonial Causes Act 1857, both parties were free to marry again, which Helen in due course did when she married yet another stockbroker, Robert Vernet. While little is known of Helen Vernet’s early life. It is claimed that her family descended from noble Scots ancestry, indeed the Cunningham name does have strong connections with Scotland. Reportedly, as a child she inherited some £8,000 following the death of her father. As a result, when she became of age and with capital of her own, she quickly developed a taste for gambling and a fondness to go racing as often as she could. Unfortunately, Helen Vernet was not yet a skilled enough operator of the kind she was later to become, gradually dissipating most of her inheritance in the process of her activities. .. So, following the end of World War I in 1918 and the recommencement of horserace meetings in Britain, she made it known that she was willing to take small bets from female acquaintances who like her, attended local race meetings throughout the English Home Counties. Unfortunately, as word got around and demand for her services visibly increased, her illegal and unlicensed activities soon came to the attention of the authorities – and she was duly “warned off” – being the procedure whereby a person of proven dubious character is banned from attending official racecourse meetings in Britain for a set period of time. However, her activities had not gone unnoticed and she was soon recruited by bookmaker Arthur Bendir, who had been running the Ladbrokes bookmaking firm since 1902. Under the direction of Bendir, in 1913 Ladbrokes had established an office in the heart of London’s Mayfair with the intention of servicing the horserace betting needs of an elite client base drawn from the ranks of the British aristocracy and upper classes who frequented the nearby exclusive gentlemen’s clubs of White‘s [Cameron, Stacey and Soames brothers], Boodle’s, the Carlton, the Athenaeum and the Royal Automobile Club. It was thought that because of Helen Vernet’s family social connections, she would be well placed to discreetly attract upper-crust female racegoers of the time and then, by association, plenty of their equally well-heeled partners.
While prior to 1961, and the passing of the Gaming and Betting Act that allowed the introduction of off-course betting shops to the UK, all horse race betting on an up-front cash basis was restricted to racecourses only. However, betting on a previously agreed credit settlement basis between bookmaker and client was not. Indeed, in his 1985 autobiography “The Life and Secrets of a Professional Punter” Alex Bird, renowned British professional horse race punter of the post-war 1940s and 50s, profiled both Ladbrokes and Mrs Verney (as he called her) as follows …
“In the late 1940s I did not think about opening an account with Ladbrokes. Their form was in a different league to the rest of the bookmaking world. They were not involved in the competitiveness of the ring. Their clients were mainly members of the aristocracy and without calling the odds, Ladbrokes representatives like Mrs Verney, a grey-haired dignified woman who looked about seventy if she was a day, were merely there to accept bets for very large amounts, without any fuss. Mrs Verney stood by the rails at Newmarket and no one would ever have guessed that in the hurly burly of the racetrack, she was taking bets. While other bookmakers shouted out their odds she hardly ever spoke.”
Under the guidance and tutelage of her mentor, Arthur Bendir, Helen Vernet was made a partner in the firm in 1928 and was paid a reputed £20,000 per year in salary and commission as Ladbrokes on-course rails representative. While never one to hoard money, she enjoyed an elegant and comfortable lifestyle that afforded the Vernets the opportunity to eventually settle at 49 Eaton Place in London’s Belgravia and holiday regularly on the French Riviera where she liked to gamble at the casino tables. But nevertheless, she insisted on working almost until her death in 1956 at the age of 80, even to the extent of attending race meetings in a wheelchair due to the crippling effects of arthritis.
Helen Vernet died on 30 March 1956 at her Eaton Place home  and while she did not die penniless, she did not die rich either. After all, she had a taste for the finer things in life and an abiding love to take chances which meant that as fast as she got money, she spent it – living life to her available means – if not occasionally above it.”
“Charles K. McNeil, PhB’25, would bet on anything.
An afternoon at Wrigley Field involved not only a wager on the outcome but an array of side bets about the game and beyond, like whether a stumbling drunk in the bleachers would fall down. During the depths of the Depression, McNeil even laid odds on the next person to be fired at the bank where he worked as a securities analyst. .. After graduating from Chicago, he taught math at New York’s Riverdale Country School, where his students included a young John F. Kennedy. McNeil didn’t have much money then, but his analytical ability took enough out of bookmakers’ pockets even on low-stakes football wagers that they started asking him how he did it. With a point system, McNeil confided, that analyzed the competing teams to predict the difference in the score. He suggested that the bookies follow his lead and offer bets based on his method. “If the bookmakers were ever to achieve mass marketing of bets, he advised them, they’d have to switch to something like his point system,” Furlong wrote. Unlike odds, which can confuse casual gamblers, limit interest in lopsided games, and tilt action toward the favored team, the point spread encourages betting on both sides. The “line,” as it’s known, handicaps every game to create a theoretically equal chance that either team could win.”
“John F. Kennedy Speeches
The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961
President John F. Kennedy
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City
April 27, 1961
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen:
It requires a change in outlook, a change in tactics, a change in missions–by the government, by the people, by every businessman or labor leader, and by every newspaper. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.
Nevertheless, every democracy recognizes the necessary restraints of national security–and the question remains whether those restraints need to be more strictly observed if we are to oppose this kind of attack as well as outright invasion.
For the facts of the matter are that this nation’s foes have openly boasted of acquiring through our newspapers information they would otherwise hire agents to acquire through theft, bribery or espionage; that details of this nation’s covert preparations to counter the enemy’s covert operations have been available to every newspaper reader, friend and foe alike; that the size, the strength, the location and the nature of our forces and weapons, and our plans and strategy for their use, have all been pinpointed in the press and other news media to a degree sufficient to satisfy any foreign power; and that, in at least in one case, the publication of details concerning a secret mechanism whereby satellites were followed [allegedly using the Serco – formerly RCA GB 1929 – 8(a) GPS atomic clock] required its alteration at the expense of considerable time and money.”
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“The Gaming Act 1845 (8 & 9 Vict., c. 109) was an Act of
the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act’s principal provision was to deem
a wager unenforceable as a legal contract. The Act received Royal Assent on August 8, 1845. Sections 17 and 18, though amended, remained
in force until 1 September 2007.”
Jean-Horace Vernet (30 June 1789 – 17 January 1863) was a French painter of
battles, portraits, and Orientalist Arab subjects. .. Vernet was born to Carle Vernet, another famous painter, who was himself a son of Claude
Joseph Vernet. He was born in
the Paris Louvre, while his parents were staying there during the French Revolution. … In Arthur Conan
Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter” Holmes claims to be related to Vernet, stating, “My ancestors were country squires… my
grandmother… was the sister of Vernet, the French artist.“, without
further clarifying whether this is Claude
Joseph Vernet, Carle Vernet or Horace Vernet.”
still paying G4S and Serco millions for tagging despite ban Alan Travis Home
2015 00.01 BST
The Ministry of Justice is still paying
security firms G4S and Serco millions of
pounds every month for supplying electronic tagging equipment, more than a year
after both companies were barred from running the contract.
criminal investigations by the Serious Fraud Office over allegations of
overcharging that led to them repaying nearly £180m.
The continuing monthly
payments to the two companies were uncovered by an analysis of Ministry of
Justice (MoJ) data by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies which shows
that G4S was paid a total of £8.7m between March 2014 – when it lost the
tagging contract – and February 2015. Serco was paid £4.5m over the same
monitoring tags are used to enforce curfews on more than 100,000 offenders each
year. The outsourcing giant Capita took over the contract on an interim basis
in April last year.
In July 2014, Capita
and three other companies were named as the winners of a £265m six-year
contract to supply the next generation of satellite tracking tags, which would
allow dangerous and repeat offenders to be monitored around the clock.”
“Serco farewell to NPL after 19 years of innovation 8 January
2015 .. During that period
under Serco’s management and leadership.. .. NPL’s caesium fountain
atomic clock is accurate to 1 second in 158 million years and NPL is playing a
key role in introducing rigour to high frequency [GPS spot-fixed assassination
betting] trading in the City through NPLTime.”
French sleuth, with attitude
September 10, 2004
for want of trying, but for all their enthusiasm for crime novels the French
have never succeeded in the private eye genre, as a small exhibition at the
Bibliothèque des littératures policières suggests.
There are plenty of
private detective agencies in Paris, more than 80, compared with about 50 in
1914, but a singular lack of colorful characters. Perhaps the simplest
explanation is the right one — the police are so powerful and inquisitive here
that a private eye automatically is a minor player.
Another reason may be
that France can boast in Eugene-Francois Vidocq (1775-1857) a detective who was
larger in life than any fictional character could ever be. An ex-con, forger, thief, smuggler, bigamist and possible cross-dresser, Vidocq used his excellent
criminal connections to become a police informer, and in a stunning example of
poacher-turned-gamekeeper, rose to the exalted police rank of head of the
Sûreté. By 1825 Vidocq’s men (and women) were making 1,500 arrests a year
and their boss had a very smart carriage and diamond studs.
After being forced to
resign from the Sûreté, Vidocq opened the world’s first modern detective
agency, which specialized in debt-collecting and, synergistically, in
money-lending, did a few abductions for hire, sold false decorations and inspired Allan Pinkerton in America, who
called himself the Vidocq of the West.”
Warne & Women’s Security Careers Today
Scatena do Valle and Ellen
Lemire on June 2, 2015
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iconic historical figure in the detective and investigative field. Back in
1856, she walked into the Chicago office of the Pinkerton Detective Agency
seeking a job opportunity. It was immediately thought that she was interested
in a secretarial or office position. Instead, she was extremely proactive in
making her case for the agency to hire their first woman detective. She was
convincing enough to make that idea sound not as crazy as the initial shared
opinion by the men in charge.
Kate’s hiring opened
the door for women in the investigative and security field, but although
landing the job was impressive, it was only the very first step. She indelibly
left her mark on the industry by being able to successfully put her vision into
motion and achieve everything she enthusiastically expressed during that
Chicago job interview.”
“Ikun is a part of the Mission Systems Group of companies managed by
Akima, LLC, whose portfolio of businesses currently provides services and
products to the federal government and commercial customers. As a certified
ANC 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business through January 2018, Ikun enables
government agencies to streamline procurements and recognize socioeconomic
goals. Our association with our parent company, Akima, extends our resources
and capabilities beyond those of typical 8(a) companies. Click links below to
review the FAR Clauses that govern ANC 8(a) contracting: .. March
27, 2013 Ikun was awarded a subcontract from Serco to perform immigrant visa
support services at the National Visa Center located in Portsmouth, NH [and
operated by Serco since 1994]. Ikun’s staff performs various services to
ensure that the visa case files are documentarily complete prior to applicant
interviews with consular officers located at U.S. consulates around the world.”
“LGBT Outreach The LGBT inclusion and outreach initiative aims to
bring focus on economic empowerment in the LGBT business community providing
access to SBA programs and [8(a)] services. In a decisive response to President
Obama’s charge that all federal agencies move toward greater inclusion of
historically disenfranchised groups, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgendered (LGBT) community, the Small Business Administration (SBA) devised
a bold plan to position the Agency at the vanguard of LGBT inclusion among
federal agencies and departments.”
8(a) Business Development Program assists in the development of small
businesses owned and operated by individuals who are socially and economically
disadvantaged, such as women and minorities. The following ethnic groups
are classified as eligible: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native
Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians); Asian
Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Laos,
Cambodia (Kampuchea), Vietnam, Korea, The Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of
the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), Republic of the Marshall Islands,
Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru);
Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal). In 2011, the
SBA, along with the FBI and the IRS, uncovered a massive scheme to defraud this program. Civilian
employees of the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, working
in concert with an employee of Alaska
Native Corporation Eyak
Technology LLC allegedly submitted fraudulent bills to the program,
totaling over 20 million dollars, and kept the money for their own use. It also alleged that the group planned to steer a further 780
million dollars towards their favored contractor.“