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January 19, 2005 

Guilty Plea Entered in U.N. Oil-For-Food Program Criminal Case

Samir A. Vincent, the first person to be charged in the Justice Departments investigation of the United Nations' Oil-For-Food Program, has entered a guilty plea to making false statements on income-tax returns, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. According to the criminal information filed in the case, Vincent received the rights to nine million barrels of oil and cash payments from the Government of Iraq in return for lobbying U.S. and U.N. officials on issues such as weakening of economic sanctions, the admission of arms inspectors and the oil-for-food program. Vincent faces a sentence of up to 28 years in prison.

The criminal information filed against Vincent can be found at the following link:



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