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Judge allows fraud case against translator company

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge wants a closer examination of allegations a defense contractor knowingly hired interpreters who failed language proficiency exams and sent them to work alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema on Friday rejected a bid by the contractor, Mission Essential Personnel of Columbus, Ohio, to have the case thrown out. Attorneys for the company argued the suit filed by Paul Funk, a former Mission Essential Personnel employee, is based on speculation and assertions.

But Brinkema said she is allowing the case to move forward because the service being provided to the government — qualified translators working in a war zone — is so important to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.  Please read the original article here

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Mission Essential Personnel, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | Leave a comment