Former Pennsylvania Congressman Curt Weldon may still have the cloud of a criminal investigation over his head, but that hasn’t stopped the defense outfit he works for from scoring a $10 million contract in Bangladesh.
The Philadelphia Inquirer *Philadelphia Daily News *reported last week that “Defense Solutions, an Exton-based project-management firm, announced yesterday that it had landed a contract with the Bashundhara Group to assist the corporate conglomerate in ‘ridding itself of even the hint of corruption and illegal business practices.'”
Defense Solutions is the company Weldon went to work for after losing his congressional seat last November.
DANGER ROOM reported back in March that Weldon was on his way to Bangladesh with a delegation that was organized by something called the Global Alliance for Homeland Security (sadly, no website to link to), an unknown organization that one blog traced to a one-man outfit run out of an apartment in Queens. How this trip led to an anti-corruption contract, let alone for a defense company which apparently has no experience in such work, is unclear.
*For one, Defense Solutions’ chief executive, Timothy Ringgold, says Weldon – who lost his seat last year amid allegations of corruption – has done nothing wrong. *
“To me, he’s an absolute straight shooter,” Ringgold, a retired Army colonel, said of Weldon, who became Defense Solutions’ chief strategic officer in February.
And, Ringgold added, the former congressman won’t be working on the Bangladeshi anti-corruption contract anyhow.