U.S. Can’t Account for $200 Million in NATO Gas Receipts for Afghan Army Fuel

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
NATO fuel truck in Quetta, Pakista,n headed for Afghanistan (AP Photo)

Thanks to unauthorized shredding of documents, U.S. officials in Afghanistan have been unable to account for about $200 million spent by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on fuel for the Afghan Army over a two-year period.

 

John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), informed members of Congress that his office can’t confirm that $201 million in taxpayer money was indeed used to purchase gasoline for Afghanistan’s military during 2010 and 2011.

 

The revelation followed Sopko’s warning three months ago that American and coalition force personnel had shredded fuel purchase records that covered a five-year period. The destruction of the records was not in keeping with government procedures, and occurred after the military had been warned to preserve all documents.

 

Two contracting officials admitted to doing the shredding, and said it had been authorized—a claim denied by a supervisor. One contractor insisted the documents were first scanned into a computer, but said he doesn’t know how to find them.

 

As a result of the shredding, Sopko cannot say for certain if all the money was used for fuel, or if any funds were redirected for other purposes or stolen.

 

So far “no evidence” has surfaced to indicate the documents were destroyed to cover up criminal activity, SIGAR told lawmakers in a letter.

-Noel Brinkerhoff

 

To Learn More:

Missing: $200M in Gas Receipts for NATO Aid in Afghanistan (by Jeffrey Smith, Center for Public Integrity)

Afghan National Army: $201 Million in DOD Fuel Purchases Still Unaccounted for Because Records were Shredded (SIGAR Investigative Report) (pdf)

U.S. Wasted $3-5 billion in Iraq Reconstruction…Next Stop—Afghanistan (by David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

$6.6 Billion of Taxpayer Money Vanished in Iraq (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Comments

chris 1 year ago
www.treason123.blogspot.com highlights excessive fraud too it's one big game to these sick bastards big oil big wallstreet big Pharma Big Cocaine Libor Goldman Sachs AIG World Com BCCI HSBC big fraud.. same ole cast of characters just part of the game looting, bribes, rigged it's been going on for decades expose expose expose wake people up!!'
george 1 year ago
Are they going to trace the loss and the cause? They lost millions wrapped and on pallets a few years back and we never heard the results of that loss.

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