USAID's Regional Mission in Central Asia statement about Ms. Alina Hakalo's case.

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USAID’s Regional Mission in Central Asia and the U.S. Embassy to Kazakhstan (of which USAID is a part) has received inquiries from business owners in Kazakhstan regarding the existence of a small grants program being administered by a Ms. Alina Hakalo of AKELA LLP.  The inquiries indicated that the business owners had signed grant agreements with Ms. Hakalo providing for a small grant funded by USAID to the prospective grant recipient in return for transferring funding to Ms. Hakalo as a down payment. USAID and the Embassy do not solicit payments in connection with our grant programs.  We would also note that USAID’s Regional Mission in Central Asia does not have a project titled “USAID Small Grants Program.” Further, Ms. Alina Hakalo was never been employed by USAID, nor are we aware of any USAID project involving Ms. Hakalo or AKELA LLP. We understand from the inquiries received that this matter has been referred to local authorities in Kazakhstan for handling.

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 5:00am

Last updated: October 24, 2014