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A taxing situation and other news

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.

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That bird won’t fly and other news

Hold that Revolving Door! Four-Star General Coming Through
Dana Liebelson – (POGO) – January 28, 2012 – The revolving door that carried former Department of Defense honcho William Lynn III to a well-paying job with an Italian defense contractor keeps on spinning – now Gen. James Cartwright, who retired as the nation’s second-highest ranking military officer in August, is following Lynn into the private sector.

Cartwright is joining the Board of Directors at Raytheon, a major U.S. defense contractor. Earlier in the week, DRS Technologies named Lynn as its chief executive officer. (Coincidently, before Lynn was tapped as deputy defense secretary, he was a top lobbyist for Raytheon.)

“General Cartwright’s deep understanding of defense and broad experience in military operations and matters of national security will be of great value to our Board,” Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson said in a press release.

Well, Cartwright certainly has a deep understanding of defense: He’s a four-star general with 40 years of service in the Marine Corps, including four years as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But then there’s that sticky “great value to the Board” comment. And that’s where the problem with the well-oiled revolving door that leads from the Pentagon to the defense industry rears its ugly head. (Click HERE for article)

Former United Nations Employee Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – January 27, 2012 – Jeffery K. Armstrong, 52, of South Riding, Va., was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for obtaining more than $100,000 in salary payments by fraudulently holding concurrent jobs at the United Nations (U.N.) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He was ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release following his sentence and to pay $128,153 in restitution.

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DRS Technologies’ parent company is at the center of corruption probe in Italy

In 2008, it bought the U.S. military contractor DRS Technologies Inc. in a $5.2 billion deal that Finmeccanica sought to boost its role as a key supplier of defense and security systems.

Monti urges ‘rapid’ resolution to corruption probe

Colleen Barry – (AP Business Writer) – MILAN – November 23, 2011 -Italian Premier Mario Monti’s fledgling government was facing its first emergency on Wednesday, a spiraling corruption probe at state-controlled Finmeccanica, the country’s aerospace and engineering giant. A government official reportedly met with Finmeccanica’s chairman during the day. On Tuesday, Monti issued a statement calling for a “rapid and responsible solution” to the allegations that a slush fund was set up to pay off politicians who referred contracts to Finmeccanica.

Monti, who was in Brussels to meet with European Union officials, said he was following developments closely.

His office could not confirm news agency reports that Chairman Pier Francesco Guarguaglini met with Monti’s undersecretary, Antonio Catricala. But Monti said in a statement he would have the defense and economic development ministers ensure that the company is taking the necessary steps to address the scandal.

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Charges dropped against accused rapist, Daniel Phillips (updated 07/27/2011)

Rape charges dropped against former Iraq contractor

By Louis Hansen
The Virginian-Pilot
© July 27, 2011

A judge has dismissed rape and indecent liberties charges against a former Iraq contractor.

Police brought Daniel P. Phillips, 46, back from Iraq in January to face felony charges of rape, indecent liberties and aggravated sexual battery, according to a police report.

In court papers, Phillips denied the allegations and stated that he was in Kuwait and Iraq between December 2004 and January 2005, when the alleged attacks occurred.

Earlier this month, a prosecutor asked the judge to dismiss the charges and release Phillips from the Norfolk jail. Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Poston on Monday signed an order dismissing the charges. (click HERE for original article)

Daniel Phillips, 46 (photo courtesy: Norfolk Police Dept.)

Norfolk police, with the assistance from the federal government, arrested a civilian government contractor that was wanted for the rape of a juvenile female relative between 2004 and 2005. The suspect fled to Iraq soon after the crime to avoid arrest and began working with computers as a government contractor. (Updated Jan 15, 2011: Daniel Phillips allegedly worked for DRS TSI (Formerly Tamsco)and was at a ‘MINI’ Satellite site in Balad)

Investigators began tracking the location of Daniel Phillips, age 46, in December of 2010. With the assistance of the federal government, Phillips was located in Iraq. Arrangements were made to fly Phillips to Kuwait and then Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia.

Phillips arrived at Dulles Saturday morning. Norfolk Fugitive Investigators accompanied by U.S. Marshalls boarded the plane and took Phillips into custody without incident at approximately 7:15 a.m. He was returned to Norfolk and is currently in the Norfolk City Jail awaiting trial for rape, aggravated sexual battery, and indecent liberties with a child.

I want to know who this dirt bag has been working for in Iraq and how he was able to get past the “wants and warrants” check for a Common Access Card (CAC). I would also be interested to see how many times he R&R’d to SE Asian countries such as Thailand where you can just buy yourself a little girl!

Ms Sparky

Update: Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones just came out with an awesome article with some more on this scum bag. Go check it out.

Contractor Hid in Iraq for Seven Years Over US Rape Charge

Updated: January 13, 2o11

NORFOLK — Bond was denied Thursday for a man police say left the country to escape a rape charge in Norfolk, Amanda Howie with the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney office told WVEC.com.

Daniel Phillips, 46, was returned to Norfolk from the Middle East, where he’d been working as a civilian contractor, police stated.

He had been in Iraq, was flown to Kuwait, then to Dulles International Airport, where he was arrested by Norfolk Police and U.S. Marshals, according to investigators.

Police say he sexually assaulted a juvenile relative between 2004 and 2005.

His preliminary hearing is set for March 8, Howie added.

Updated: January 15, 2011

Daniel Phillips allegedly worked for DRS TSI (Formerly Tamsco)and was at a ‘MINI’ Satellite site in Balad

More contractors than troops killed during past year in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Katherine McIntire Peters – September 22, 2010

Recent data show that more contractors were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan than U.S. troops during the first six months of 2010, according to a George Washington University law professor.

“Contractors supporting the war effort today are losing more lives than the U.S. military waging these wars,” wrote Steven L. Schooner, co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at The George Washington Law School, and Collin D. Swan, a student there. Their article appeared in the September issue of Service Contractor magazine, a quarterly publication of the Professional Services Council, an industry group.

The data show that in the first half of 2010, contractor fatalities in Afghanistan for the first time exceeded troop fatalities — 232 and 195, respectively. Contractor deaths in Iraq surpassed military deaths there beginning in 2009. Between January 2009 and June 2010, there were 204 contractor deaths and 188 troop deaths in Iraq.

Since the wars began in 2001, 5,531 U.S. troops and 2,008 contractors have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to 44 killed in Kuwait, many of whom were supporting missions in the war zones, the authors reported.

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