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The United States has carelessly, and possibly fraudulently, handled some Iraqi money used for reconstruction, say US audits released today.
There is nearly $US100 million ($129.33 million) in cash unaccounted for in one area of Iraq alone.
Two audits by the US Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction found flaws in how US government and military officials ran contracts paid for by the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) - Iraqi money entrusted to the United States after the 2003 invasion.
Incompetence included contractors sometimes paid twice, files misplaced, cash payments unaccounted for and scant evidence that goods and services were provided.
"There was no assurance that fraud, waste and abuse did not occur in the management and administration of contracts funded by DFI," said the auditors.