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One CPA official described an environment awash in $100 bills,” the memorandum says. “One contractor received a $2-million payment in a duffel bag stuffed with shrink-wrapped bundles of currency. Auditors discovered that the key to a vault was kept in an unsecured backpack
The memorandum concludes: “Many of the funds appear to have been lost to corruption and waste ... thousands of ‘ghost employees’ were receiving pay cheques from Iraqi ministries under the CPA’s control. Some of the funds could have enriched both criminals and insurgents fighting the US.