U.S. Sues KBR for Billing Taxpayers for Private Armed Guards

Monday, April 05, 2010

As part of its contract with the federal government, defense contractor KBR Inc. agreed to rely on the U.S. Army for security in war zones. But instead of doing this, KBR hired private security guards—and billed the government for the unauthorized protection.

These moves prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to file a lawsuit against the company, alleging it never obtained authorization to hire subcontractors like Triple Canopy, Omega Risk Solutions and Al-Dhahir to guard KBR executives in Iraq. KBR is also accused of arming four of its own employees without permission from the government.
Furthermore, federal officials say they have emails from KBR managers showing that the company knew it might be violating the terms of its contract but continued to do so anyway.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
U.S. Files False Claims Case Against KBR (by Nick Divito, Courthouse News Service)
Department of Justice v. KBR (U.S. District Court, District of Columbia) (pdf)
Another Lawsuit Over KBR Iraq Toxic Exposure (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


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