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Ex-U.S. Official Accuses Haiti Contractor of Shortchanging Him

HeadlineJan 05, 2011

The U.S. official who was in charge of relief efforts following Haiti’s devastating earthquake has accused a major contractor of shortchanging him for his assistance in securing more than $20 million in reconstruction deals after he left his post. The Associated Press reports Lewis Lucke claims the Haiti Recovery Group owes him $500,000 for consulting services that included hooking the contractor up with powerful people and helping to navigate government bureaucracy. The Haiti Recovery Group company was formed by the Florida-based contractor AshBritt, Inc. and the GB Group, a conglomerate run by one of Haiti’s wealthiest men, Gilbert Bigio. Lucke is a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Agency for International Development who began consulting for private companies two months after he left Haiti.

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