- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Kuwaiti government is accusing an Alexandria public relations executive of taking kickbacks after the country’s public information ministry hired him to promote ties between Kuwait and the United States.

Tory Randall, former public affairs adviser to the Kuwait Information Office in the District, set up fictitious names and accounts to obtain funds that belonged to the Kuwaiti government, according to a recent lawsuit the country filed in federal court in the District.

Mr. Randall could not be reached for comment. The Alexandria property listed for him in the lawsuit was sold by Mr. Randall last year, and no public phone or property records were available.

An attorney for the Kuwaiti government said Monday that it still is trying to serve Mr. Randall with a copy of the complaint. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 23.

The complaint, which seeks $1 million in compensatory damages, focuses on financial transactions involving an entity called Dish Financial Services.

The suit says Mr. Randall claimed that Dish Financial Services was connected to Dish Network, a satellite-television provider, and that Dish Financial would receive funds from the Kuwaiti government on behalf of the Dish Network.

The lawsuit says Dish Financial was “a fictitious entity set up by Randall” to defraud the Kuwait Information Office.

According to the suit, the transactions have prompted the threat of a lawsuit from the Dish Network against the Kuwait Information Office for $813,629.

On Monday, an attorney for the Kuwaiti government declined to comment, saying the lawsuit speaks for itself.

The suit also says Mr. Randall, through another entity, instructed various newspapers to kick back Kuwaiti advertising funds.

Mr. Randall was assigned “from time to time to place goodwill newspaper and other advertisements for dissemination to the American public,” the suit says.

It’s not clear whether Mr. Randall still lives in the area.

A newsletter last year at the Roger Williams University in Rhode Island profiled Mr. Randall as a student at the school, highlighting his work at the Kuwait Information Office.

Messages left for Mr. Randall at the school were not returned.

The school newsletter said Mr. Randall worked at the Kuwait Information Office for five years, starting out as an assistant press secretary and working his way up to public affairs director. The newsletter also stated that he previously worked at the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

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