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Prosecutors investigate US contractor handling Afghanistan, Iraq contracts for overcharging

By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Last update: August 14, 2010 – 12:18 PM

WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a U.S. contractor managing more than $1 billion in reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan overcharged the government.

Prosecutors acknowledged in a court filing last week that their criminal and civil investigations focus on allegations that the Louis Berger Group submitted inflated invoices to the U.S. Agency for International Development, which oversees international development projects.

The revelation came in court filings related to a Louis Berger executive’s federal lawsuit attempting to block efforts to keep his stock holdings in escrow while the investigations continue. Louis Berger, based in Morristown, N.J., is a major player in U.S.-funded reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan.

August 14, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Iraq, State Department, USAID | , , , , | Leave a comment

Gunmen kill 5 in Baghdad checkpoint shootings

By SAAD ABDUL-KADIR Associated Press Writer

Gunmen killed five Iraqi security personnel Saturday, including a pair of sleeping policemen who were shot and set on fire, amid persistent debate over whether Iraqi forces can protect the country as U.S. troops leave.

The early-morning shootings at Baghdad checkpoints demonstrated insurgents’ aim to weaken confidence in the government and aggravate sectarian tension as all but 50,000 U.S. troops head home by the end of August.

In the first attack, gunmen armed with silenced pistols killed two policemen asleep in their patrol car at a security checkpoint in the Shiite-dominated New Baghdad neighborhood, said an officer with the federal police in Baghdad. The assailants then set the car on fire and fled, he said.

A half-hour later, a drive-by shooting on a checkpoint killed two more policemen in the Amil area, another Shiite neighborhood, in southwest Baghdad, two other Baghdad police officials said. Two passers-by were injured, they said.

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August 14, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Private Security Contractor | , , | Leave a comment