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Another company caught scamming in Iraq

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posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 09:46 PM
One of the companies that operated in Iraq has been caught overbilling millions of dollars and has been suspended from doing business with the US government.

Contract or accused of fraud in Iraq
Using Nepalese Ghurkas hired from abroad to fill out its limited staff, the company quickly expanded its presence, winning a contract in August 2003 to supply logistical support for a massive currency exchange in which Iraqis turned in their old dinars for new currency.

That contract committed the Coalition Provisional Authority to paying for all the company's costs for setting up centers where the exchanges would take place, plus a 25 percent markup for overhead and profit, according to the Air Force memo. Custer Battles then created a series of "sham companies" registered in foreign countries, the memo said. The companies were then used to create false invoices making it appear they were leasing trucks and other equipment back to Custer Battles. The scheme had the effect of inflating the 25 percent markup allowed under the contract, the memo said.

In October, company representatives accidentally left a spreadsheet in a meeting that was later discovered by CPA employees. The spreadsheet showed that the currency-exchange operation had cost the company $3,738,592, but the CPA was billed $9,801,550, a markup of 162 percent.

This guy was not only crooked, he was sloppy.
He left behind a spreadsheet showing he had marked up some work by 162%.

In searching for more information about Michael Battles, who the article says is an ex-CIA officer, I came across an interesting article about his company. August 13, 2004
...through street smarts and canny use of their military experience, the two New Englanders have become a rarity in Iraq: a U.S. business success story amid the country's haphazard reconstruction. Custer Battles now employs around 700 people and is expanding beyond Iraq's war zone, with plans to get into shrimp farming and home loans. It expects to garner revenue of $200 million next year.

That's pretty funny.
A sure sign of a shady company.
A one-stop shop for war-zone security, shrimp farming and home loans.

[edit on 10-10-2004 by AceOfBase]

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 09:50 PM
Nice information...although I'm sure someone is going to enter this thread and tell you that you have no credible sources and that US Capitalism in Iraq is for the best
...that US companies are only helping Iraq...blah, blah, blah...

[edit on 10-10-2004 by Jazzerman]

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 09:56 PM
With all the money Halliborton is getting away with, Im suprised it isnt going on at a wider spred scale then we see now. The big H has bilked for gas, meals, false overtime charges, and have yet to fully compensate for any of it. Glad my taxes are going to goo ... oh there not

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 10:03 PM
Hey, wait, Haliburton has done this, everyone knows it, Edwards told the people about this, how come they ain't in trouble?

posted on Oct, 10 2004 @ 10:04 PM
That is ok, kidfinger haliburton sure will be taking over the lost, and will fill the gab.

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