Military recruiter indicted for sending unqualified interpreters into combat

Elizabeth Howe
November 09, 2018 - 7:22 am

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Abdul Aman of Fairfax, Va. was indicted on Wednesday after allegedly recruiting unqualified language interpreters and sending them overseas alongside combat forces in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012.

As a recruiter for the United States military, Aman would recruit unqualified individuals and — knowing they couldn't pass the minimum requirement for qualification — have a close associate take the language proficiency test in place of the candidates. Consequently, unqualified candidates were deployed into combat zones.

According to an Associated Press report, Aman worked for a subcontractor on a multimillion-dollar Department of Defense contract — and received financial bonuses based on his number of successful recruits.

Aman was charged in Maryland on one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and on one count of major fraud against the United States. He will be arraigned on Nov. 8.