Elton Mark McCabe, a Slidell businessman recently freed from a prison in South Sudan, was arrested Thursday on charges of receiving illegal kickbacks and wire fraud in connection with his work as a private contractor in Afghanistan in 2009. McCabe, 52, is former vice president of a company that received subcontracts for U.S. government projects in rebuilding efforts in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
He allegedly sought and accepted cash payments and a wire transfer of about $53,000 to his wife’s bank account from subcontractors in exchange for awarding those subcontractors work in 2009, according to the news release.McCabe is also accused of accepting cash payments arranging for a consultant to wire $20,000 to McCabe’s wife’s bank account in exchange for construction material that belonged to McCabe’s company — materials that McCabe did not have the authority to sell for personal gain, officials said. McCabe used the money for personal family expenses, officials said.
via Mark McCabe arrested on illegal kickback, fraud charges after release from South Sudan | NOLA.com.
Published on Nov 25, 2012 by wdsutv
Elton Mark McCabe was released after he faced charges of attempted kidnapping.
State Department: ‘We remain extremely concerned.’
SLIDELL, La. —
An international effort is on to return a St. Tammany Parish man to the United States following his arrest and detention in South Sudan.
Elton Mark McCabe went to that fledgling African nation in August on business. He was arrested on Oct. 14 in connection with the alleged kidnapping of an Indian man.
“He was being detained without a warrant, without seeing a judge in 24 hours and without having the embassy contacted,” his wife, Anne McCabe, told WDSU.
And U.S. officials agree — there are serious concerns about the process that has unfolded overseas
“Completely false accusations,” U.S. Sen. David Vitter said. “We have very good relations with some very high level folks in the South Sudan government, including the ambassador, including the president, but this is a corrupt country, so there are all kinds of forces and power centers, even outside the government.”