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NV man accused of selling stolen US military ammo

The Associated Press at The Las Vegas Sun

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 2:45 p.m.

A former defense contractor employee has been indicted on charges that he conspired with others to steal U.S. military ammunition in Iraq and then sold it back to Iraqis and U.S. forces.

Chad Eric O’Kelley was released on his own recognizance after being arrested at his Carson City home and making an initial appearance Thursday. He faces federal charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and money laundering.

The indictment alleges O’Kelley was a manager in Baghdad with Minden-based defense contractor Security Operations Consulting in 2007 when he conspired with others to sell the ammo and send cash to the U.S. via Federal Express or couriers.

The 40-year-old man was ordered to appear in federal court in Texas, where he used to live in El Paso.

June 10, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Iraq | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taxpayers On the Hook for Retiree Costs for Federal Contractors

Fox Business  Friday June 10, 2011

A surprising new government report shows that taxpayers have been footing the bill for retiree benefits not just for federal workers, but for independent freelance contractors who do work for the government as well. 

And no one is watching the store to see if your tax dollars are being wasted.

Taxpayers for years have been covering private contractors’ retiree costs for things like pensions and health care, even though these workers are not on the federal payroll.

Taxpayers also cover these retiree costs for contractors’ spouses, too, and in some cases if contractors want to retire early (at age 50), just like regular federal workers, many can then get taxpayer-funded coverage, says an official at the Government Accountability office.

For the Department of Energy alone, overall this coverage cost taxpayers $6.8 billion over the last 10 years, according to the new GAO report recently sent to Congress. Nine out of ten  dollars spent on the DOE’s annual budget goes towards contracts, including contractor retiree benefits.

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June 10, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Government Contractor | , , , | Leave a comment

Mark Partridge, Contractor, Killed in Iraq

Driffield Times Friday June 10, 2011

A FATHER-of-four has been killed in Iraq – the day after he returned to work there.

Mark Partridge was killed on Monday afternoon, the day after arriving in the country for what was only meant to be a two-month posting.

For the past six years the 47-year-old had been employed as a driver for a private security firm, regularly being sent out to work in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He returned to Iraq on Sunday but was tragically killed on Monday afternoon after the vehicle he was travelling in came off the road and crashed.

Mark’s family said details of the crash are sketchy at the moment but the news of his death has come has a huge shock.

Mark’s Son Richard, 23, said: “He was brave and he loved it and he died doing the job that he loved.”

“He was basically a nice guy. Everyone liked him. He was always into his football and everyone got along with him.”

Mark lived in Driffield for more than 25 years after meeting his ex-wife Julie Partridge, 45, in the town.

Julie, of Beverley Road, said: “He was outgoing and liked a good laugh.”

He served in the British Army for more than 15 years, working in close protection security which took him and his family to Northern Ireland, Germany and various locations around the UK.

After leaving the Army, Mark was employed as a civilian driving instructor at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield, before finding employment with a private security firm.

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June 10, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment