The news that Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused former Vice President Dick Cheney of being part of a bribery scheme involving Halliburton Co., the company he used to run, raises the question "what are the charges all about?"
NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that "the case involves an alleged $180 million cash-for-contract scandal dating back about a decade." Companies were bidding to construct a gas plant in Nigeria. Halliburton has denied any wrongdoing. And Cheney's lawyer, Terrence O'Donnell, told the Associated Press that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have already investigated and "found no suggestion of any impropriety by Dick Cheney in his role of CEO of Halliburton."
Ofeibea notes that Houston-based KBR, at one time a Halliburton subsidiary, last year agreed to pay several hundred million dollars in fines related to the case.