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The probes are looking at payments made to third-party agents related to customs matters in Angola and Iraq, as well as visa issues in Iraq, Houston-based Halliburton said today in a federal filing.
Halliburton alerted U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange officials during the second quarter that it had begun the inquiry after meeting with them about another internal investigation the company has under way about possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA.
“The government resorted to a series of sharp and unethical tactics, designed to distort – and in some instances create – the evidence to support the government’s after-the-fact interpretation of the contract and to transform what is, at best, a contractual dispute over the proper interpretation of the prime vendor contracts into a criminal prosecution,” according to the court filing in federal court in Atlanta earlier this year.
Shane McGinley – (Arabian Business) – May 21, 2012 – Kuwait’s Agility, the logistics firm accused of fraud in the US, has seen legal proceedings against it dismissed at the request of the US Department of Justice, the company said in a statement on Sunday to the Dubai bourse.
The claim, which was filed at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in Virginia, alleges that U.S. government officials employed by DLA and the Department of Justice conspired to intentionally deprive Agility of performance-based fee that it was entitled to under the Second Prime Vendor Contract. Agility said under the contract it was entitled to distribution fees based on superior performance if it passed an objective evaluation by the Defense Supply Centre Philadelphia (DSCP) and was found to have met the listed requirements of achieving its targets for percentage of orders filled successfully. ~Asian Legal Business
Agility files $225 mln suit against U.S. agency
(Reuters) – April 24, 2012 – Kuwaiti logistics company Agility said on Tuesday it had filed for $225 million in claims against the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), saying the agency had breached the terms of a contract.
Agility said in a statement U.S. government officials employed by the DLA and Department of Justice “conspired and acted in concert to intentionally deprive Agility of its rights under the Second Prime Vendor Contract.”
It said this was “breaching the contract’s express and implied terms and violating regulatory duties.”
The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait was not immediately available for comment.
The $225 million comprises the amount owed in performance-based distribution fees plus interest, Agility said. The contract entailed distributing food products to combat units.
Agility, the largest Gulf Arab logistics company, said it had filed the claims at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in Virginia. (Click HERE for original article)
Pentagon defends millions to contractor despite unpaid taxes
Tom Vanden Brook – (USA Today) – WASHINGTON – April 15, 2012 – The tax problems of the military’s top propaganda contractor in Afghanistan would not have prevented the Pentagon from awarding it multimillion-dollar contracts, a top official said in a letter to U.S. senators.
The owners of Leonie Industries, the contractor, owed at least $4 million in federal taxes when the contracts were awarded. Because the owners had entered into agreements to pay the overdue taxes with the Internal Revenue Service, they were not required to tell the Pentagon about their tax debt, acting Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall wrote in a letter to Sen. Tom Carper.
Carper, D-Del., said he wants the IRS and Pentagon to work more closely to ensure that contractors with large tax debts receive more scrutiny. (Click HERE for article)
Confusion over S3.2bn fraud penalty fund
Olawale Rasheed, Abuja Monday – (Nigerian Tribune) – April 16, 2012 – Nigeria and the United States of America are now locked in a struggle over an accumulated $3.2 billion penalty paid by American companies who were convicted of bribing Nigerian officials in order to secure juicy contracts.
NEIL GORDON – (POGO) – POGO saw a familiar name pop up in the news this week. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that a former employee of federal contractor United States Investigations Services (USIS) had pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false statement in the course of his work for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducting background checks of individuals either employed by or seeking employment with federal agencies and contractors.