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Cozy and secure with contractors and other news

In March 2006, a jury found Custer Battles liable for the submission of 5 false claims, each one of which is subject to a US$5,000 -11,000 civil fine, as well as 26 false statements supporting the 5 false claims. However, in August 2006, Judge Ellis, of the Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va overturned the verdict as a matter of law.  ~ Judge T.S. Ellis III (Isakson and Baldwin Qui Tam against Security Contractor Custer Battles)

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has already dismissed several of the lawsuit’s claims, including a salacious allegation that Blackwater billed the government for prostitutes. The judge said there was no evidence that Blackwater sought out prostitutes.

Ellis also struck a claim that Blackwater overbilled on a security contract it was awarded in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  ~ Judge T.S. Ellis III (Davis’ Qui Tam against Security Contractor Blackwater aka Xe)

Judge Keith P. Ellison signed Jack Stanley’s latest sentencing delay (the eleventh by our count). ~ Judge Keith P. Ellison (FCPA against KBR)

JAMIE LEIGH JONES, PLAINTIFF v. HALLIBURTON COMPANY D/B/A KBR KELLOGG BROWN & ROOT (KBR), ET AL. DEFENDANTS. The opinion of the court was delivered by: Keith P. Ellison United States District Judge

After reviewing the voluminous record, we agree with the district court that Yannacopoulos has not shown the existence of a genuine issue of material fact. We affirm. BAUER, SYKES, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges (Yannacopoulos Qui Tam against General Dynamics Corp.)

Want to cut big government abuses? Start with defence contracting
We have the evidence: the hardpressed US taxpayer is being fleeced by profiteering contractors and corrupt military personnel
Michael Shank – (Guardian UK) – August 6, 2011 – This past week, as US Congress quacked its way through the debt-ceiling quagmire, a seemingly non-germane offshore issue surfaced vis-à-vis Iraq. The connection between the two was anything but inconsequential, despite receiving scant review in Washington. If one wonders how US debts and US wars could be so integrally related, one needs to look no further than the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR).

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Taxes – we pilfer from them but we won’t pay them & other news

Meanwhile, the owners and officers of some contractors that weren’t paying federal taxes had significant personal assets, including a sports team, a high-performance airplane, commercial properties, multimillion-dollar homes and luxury vehicles, the GAO said in its 2007 report. ~ Tom Shean – Virginian-Pilot~

History Facts for May 22

  • 1455 – King Henry VI was taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.
  • 1900 – The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
  • 1977 – Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911.
  • 1995 – Mr. and Ms Sparky were married
  • illustration by Jacob Thomas (Bloomberg)

    Tax requirement delayed, to the relief of companies
    Tom Shean – (The Virginian-Pilot) – May 22, 2011 – Companies doing business with the federal government have a bit more breathing room from what some say is an onerous tax provision.

    Earlier this month, the IRS delayed for another year a government plan for holding back 3 percent of the amounts paid to federal contractors.

    The program, designed to cover contractors’ tax liabilities, originally was scheduled to take effect at the beginning of 2011. The date was pushed back two years ago to 2012. Now it’s Jan. 1, 2013.

    Still, “it will be a cash-flow nightmare” for smaller defense contractors, especially those with modest profit margins, predicted Gregg N. Funkhouser, partner in charge of government contracting for the CPA firm Dixon Hughes Goodman.

    While the average profit margin for his defense-contractor clients is 7 percent, the margins for some are as low as 1 percent, and these companies likely will suffer, Funkhouser said during a presentation in Norfolk last week. (Click HERE for article)

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    Former ITT employee pleads guilty

    Ex-employee of Clifton defense contractor admits theft

    PETER J. SAMPSON – The Record – January 31, 2011 – A former staff engineer at ITT Corp.’s Clifton facility admitted Monday that he stole a $50,000 frequency generator with military applications from the defense contractor and sold it on eBay.

    Appearing before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton, Vincent J. Corey, 38, of Union City pleaded guilty to charges of interstate transportation and transmission of stolen property. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on May 10.

    Corey used his Defense Department clearance to access a secure area and steal the device from the River Road offices of the engineering and manufacturing firm, which provides “mission-critical products and services” to the U.S. military and its allies, authorities said.

    He was caught on security cameras entering and leaving ITT with a duffel bag on July 25, and the following day he shipped the device to a California company using a fake name with which he had previously negotiated its sale for $20,000, authorities said. The FBI arrested him at work in November.

    The device he stole is a type of generator that is used in the manufacturing process of other items to mimic radio frequencies of surface-to-air missiles. (Click HERE for original article)

    Pirates of the Pentagon and other news

    U.S. strips intelligence analyst of security clearance and job but won’t say why
    By Peter Finn – Washington Post Staff Writer – November 27, 2010 – Eighteen months ago, John Dullahan was an intelligence analyst with a long and varied career in both the military and the classified world. Today, he is jobless and blacklisted from the federal workforce, his loyalty to the United States, he says, brought into question. 

    He just isn’t sure why. 

    On St. Patrick’s Day 2009, the government stripped the Irish-born Dullahan’s security clearance and fired him from his job at the Defense Intelligence Agency in a manner that has no precedent at the Pentagon – invoking a national security clause that states that it would harm the interests of the United States to inform him of the accusations against him. 

    As a result, Dullahan, a Vietnam veteran who served at military posts around the world and as a U.N. weapons inspector in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, cannot appeal to a board of senior agency officials, as others in his position might. He is, in effect, stranded. 

    “This has been devastating for me,” said Dullahan, 65, who became a U.S. citizen in 1973. “I am a loyal American.” 

    Security clearances are a ticket to opportunity for hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors. But when those clearances are taken away, so is any chance of employment in the national security complex. 

    The reasons to revoke a security clearance can vary. Some federal workers lose them because they are found to be using illicit drugs. Others lose them when they are determined to be financially vulnerable, a situation that might make them susceptible to blackmail.  (Click HERE for article)

    Philadelphia-based CDI Corporation Settles False Claims Act Allegations
    Allegedly Mischarged Labor Costs Under Military Aircraft Engine Contracts
    WASHINGTON – November 24, 2010 – CDI Corporation has agreed to pay the United States $1.95 million to resolve allegations in a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act that CDI wrongfully charged labor costs to work orders under military aircraft engine contracts for The General Electric Company (GE), the Justice Department announced today. According to the government’s allegations, the work for which the military was charged was not actually performed.

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    Mission critical products available on eBay?

    Employee of Clifton defense contractor sold stolen equipment on eBay, authorities say
    PETER J. SAMPSON – November 17, 2010 – The Record -FBI agents arrested a staff engineer at a Clifton defense contractor Wednesday on charges of stealing a $50,000 frequency generator with military applications and offering it for sale on eBay.

    Vincent J. Corey, 38, of West New York allegedly used his Department of Defense clearance to access a secure area and steal the device from ITT Corp., an engineering and manufacturing firm that provides “mission critical products and services” to the U.S. military and its allies, authorities said.

    Corey was arrested at ITT’s offices on River Road in Clifton and brought in shackles before U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark. Arleo advised him of his rights, appointed a public defender to represent him and ordered his release on $100,000 unsecured bond.

    Corey was caught on security cameras entering and leaving ITT with a duffel bag on July 25. He allegedly stole a type of frequency generator that is used in the manufacturing process of other items to mimic radio frequencies of surface-to-air missiles, according to a criminal complaint.

    The following day, he shipped a package by UPS to a California company using a fake name, John Russio, the complaint said. He had earlier used the fake identity to offer the generator to the company through its eBay account and negotiated the sale for $20,000, the complaint said.

    The deal, however, began to unravel in August when a cellphone call from Russio showed up in Corey’s name on caller ID and a check with the manufacturer of the generator’s serial numbers showed it had been purchased by ITT.

    Corey was charged with interstate transportation and sale of stolen property  If convicted, Corey faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. (Click HERE for original article)