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Former Army Soldier Indicted on Bribery and Related Charges for Facilitating Thefts of Fuel in Afghanistan

(DoJ) – April 11, 2013 – Stephanie Charboneau, aka Stephanie Shankel, 34, of Fountain, Colo., formerly a Specialist in the United States Army, has been indicted in the District of Colorado for her alleged role in assisting the thefts of fuel in Afghanistan and laundering the proceeds of crime, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Criminal Division announced.

According to the indictment returned on April 9, 2013, and now filed publicly, Charboneau was assigned to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Fenty, in eastern Afghanistan, as part of the 704th Brigade Support Battalion.  Her duties included overseeing the movement of fuel by private Afghan trucking companies from FOB Fenty to nearby military bases.  The indictment alleges that Charboneau conspired with Sergeant Christopher Weaver, her supervisor, and Jonathan Hightower, a civilian employee of FLUOR Inc., to facilitate the theft of fuel for money.  Charboneau and her co-conspirators allegedly received money from a representative of an Afghan trucking company to enable that company to steal truckloads of fuel.  The conspirators allegedly authorized the movement of truckloads of fuel from FOB Fenty – ostensibly to nearby bases – knowing and intending that when the fuel left FOB Fenty it would never reach the designated base and would instead be stolen.  These events occurred from approximately February 2010 through approximately May of 2010.

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US Government Intervenes in False Claims Lawsuit Against Fluor Companies

Texas-based Company Allegedly Used Federal Funds for Lobbying Activities

(DoJ) – November 8, 2012 – The government has intervened in a lawsuit against Fluor Hanford Inc. and its parent company, Fluor Corporation (collectively Fluor), in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the Justice Department announced today.   Fluor Hanford, Inc. is a subsidiary of Fluor Corporation, a Texas-based corporation that provides a wide variety of services to government and private customers.   The False Claims Act lawsuit was originally filed by whistleblower Loydene Rambo, a former employee of Fluor.  

Between 1999 and 2008, Fluor had a prime contract with the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide a wide variety of security, maintenance and operational services at the DOE’s Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington State.   As part of its contract, Fluor was responsible for managing and operating the Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response (HAMMER) Center, a federally-funded facility established to train Hanford site workers as well as first responders and law enforcement personnel.  

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Second Guilty Plea Stemming from an Investigation of Fuel Theft at FOB Fenty in Afghanistan

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – September 10, 2012 –  U.S. Army Sergeant Christopher Weaver pleaded guilty today to bribery charges for his role in the theft of fuel at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Fenty, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, announced Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer.

Weaver, 29, of Fort Carson, Colo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger in the District of Colorado to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and one count of bribery.

Weaver’s plea is the second guilty plea arising from an investigation into fuel thefts at FOB Fenty. On Aug. 3, 2012, Weaver’s co-conspirator Jonathan Hightower, 30, of Houston, pleaded guilty for his role in the scheme.

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Photo - POGO WebsiteNEIL GORDON – (POGO) – July 13, 2012 – Top 100 federal contractor Fluor Corporation got a dose of Texas justice this week. On Wednesday, a Dallas jury returned a nearly $19 million verdict against the engineering and construction giant in a negligence lawsuit.

Plaintiff David Dawson, who worked as a contractor in Iraq, filed a lawsuit against Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. seeking to hold the company responsible for third-degree burns he suffered over 65 percent of his body while showering at Freedom Compound in Baghdad in November 2007. Fluor provided Operations and Maintenance and Life Support services at the compound under a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dawson alleged the company was negligent in failing to properly maintain a safe temperature in the water heating system. The jury agreed and awarded Dawson $18.78 million in damages.

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July 11, 2012, 5:30 p.m. EDT

Klein Frank, P.C. Announces $18.78 Million Awarded to Burn Victim of Contractor’s Negligence In Baghdad, Iraq

DENVER, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Klein Frank, P.C. of Boulder, Colorado and the Law Firm of Ted B. Lyon in Dallas, Texas announce that a jury has rendered a verdict in the amount of $18.78 Million in the case of Dawson v. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc.

Plaintiff David Dawson was a civilian contractor working on the reconstruction of Iraq. Defendant Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. entered into a $59 Million a year costs plus contract with the Army Corps of Engineers to provide O&M and Life Support services in multiple compounds in Iraq. This contract specifically required Fluor to provide safe water to individuals living in these compounds. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc was paid $10 Million per year plus costs to maintain Freedom Compound, a 600 bed facility in Baghdad. Dawson was burned by excessively hot water at Freedom Compound on November 16, 2007. Read the remainder of this entry »