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Firm once known as Blackwater faces another suit

By MATTHEW BARAKAT  Associated Press  at Blue Ridge Now  July 14, 2011

A current worker and a former employee of the security contractor previously known as Blackwater have filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, the second such suit filed against the firm, according to documents unsealed Thursday.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleges that Blackwater, now known as Xe, overbilled the government for work protecting State Department employees in Iraq and Afghanistan. Part of the alleged fraud included billing for sniper services from individuals who were not properly qualified.

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Blackwater billed the State Department for sniper services from one individual who sat behind a desk. In at least one other case, the company allegedly billed for services provided by a marksman who had failed a required drug test.

A spokesman for Moyock, N.C.-based Xe declined comment Thursday, citing the pending legal action. The company has denied similar allegations in the past

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July 15, 2011 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , | 1 Comment

Former USACE employees charged with fraud

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI)The Justice Department Thursday announced the indictment of three former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme.

The former employees, along with two foreign contractors, were charged in a 54-count indictment with bribery and fraud in connection with the award of more than $50 million in construction and infrastructure contracts in Iraq, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman for the District of New Jersey said in a statement.

The five defendants named in the indictment are Egyptian-born U.S. citizen John Alfy Salama Markus, 39, of Nazareth, Pa.; Onisem Gomez, 32, a U.S. citizen residing in Chiriqui, Panama; Ammar Al-Jobory, aka “Ammar Hussein Muhammed Al-Jobory,” 33, an Iraqi citizen; Ahmed Nouri, aka “Ahmed Bahjat,” 41, a citizen of Great Britain residing in Greece and Iraq; and Mithaq Al-Fahal, aka “Mithaq Mahmood Al-Fahal,” 36, an Iraqi citizen.

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July 15, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Iraq, Legal Jurisdictions, USACE | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment