Report: U.S. Investigating Massive Defense Contractor Over Possible Bribes Paid to Foreign Company

The U.S. government is investigating the weapons manufacturer Raytheon for granting payments to a consultant for the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF) that may in fact have been bribes for a high-level member of the Qatari government, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The potential bribe first came to light in a 2020 California lawsuit, which alleged — among other things — that Raytheon had funneled roughly $1.9 million through Digital Soula Systems, a Qatari defense consulting firm partially owned by the brother of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, according to WSJ. The SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) have investigated Raytheon for fraud accusations in the past as well, with the company agreeing to pay a $1 million settlement for procurement fraud allegations in 2019.

The U.S. is investigating whether the payments were a de facto bribe to the Emir’s brother in an effort to increase Qatar’s budget for defense systems. Raytheon has made $7 billion in military contracts with Qatar since 2014, according to WSJ.

Raytheon most recently came into the public eye for reportedly pushing Critical Race Theory (CRT) on its employees. Leaked internal documents showed that the company encouraged its white employees to confront their “privilege,” reject the principle of “equality” and to advocate for “defund the police.”

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