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  • Government Contractor Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison for $3.7 Million Procurement Fraud Scheme

    02/10/2020 2:47:02 PM PST · by ransomnote · 11 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | February 10, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, February 10, 2020 A former government contractor was sentenced to 57 months in prison today for his role in carrying out a $3.7 million scheme to defraud at least 35 subcontractors located across the United States.Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Departmentā€™s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott of the Eastern District of California, Special Agent in Charge David A. House of the Department of Interior Office of Inspector Generalā€™s (DOI-OIG) Western Region Office of Investigations, Special Agent in Charge Ray Park of the...
  • U.S. contractor killed in Iraq, which led to strike on Iranian general, buried in Sacramento

    01/07/2020 5:56:26 PM PST · by sockmonkey · 18 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | JANUARY 07, 2020 03:17 PM | Sawsan Mortar and Sam Stanton
    The Iraqi-American contractor who was killed in a rocket attack in Iraq in late December was buried in Sacramento on Saturday. His death was the start of a chain of events that U.S. leaders say prompted them to carry out drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, which culminated with the killing of Iranian military leader Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
  • Former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein says he quit over concerns about revealing pictures and top

    07/18/2019 6:11:16 AM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 7/18/2019 | kaitlyn folmer
    A former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein who said that he ended their business relationship over personal concerns about gaggles of apparently unsupervised young women on the embattled financier's private island told ABC News that his reluctance to continue working there was underscored by what he said was an extensive collection of photos of topless women displayed throughout the island's compounds. “There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who said he worked for Epstein for six years beginning in 1999. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom,” Scully, a 69-year-old father of three girls,...
  • ‘A fiasco from the beginning’ — Caltrans’ costs soar on $1.1 billion San Francisco tunnels

    07/06/2019 4:31:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | April 10, 2019 | Wes Venteicher
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated when the California Transportation Commission voted, despite a host of warnings, to pay a contractor more than $1 billion to build two tunnels and a stretch of road outside San Francisco nine years ago. Schwarzenegger said the project’s new approach, which aimed to cap public expenses and shift responsibility to the private sector, would serve as a “shining example” of an innovative way to improve the state’s highways while saving taxpayer dollars. Now the project, known as the Presidio Parkway, is more than two years late and $208 million over budget. When the commission approved...
  • Missing American in Iran Was on Unapproved CIA Mission

    12/13/2013 10:32:06 AM PST · by mojito · 21 replies
    RealClearDefense ^ | 12/12/2013 | Matt Apuzzo & Adam Goldman
    In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures. Days later, after an arranged meeting with an admitted killer, he checked out of his hotel, slipped into a taxi and vanished. For years, the U.S. has publicly described him as a private citizen who traveled to the tiny Persian Gulf island on private business. But that was just a cover story. An Associated Press investigation reveals that Levinson was working for the CIA. In an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules, a team of...
  • Pilot rescued off Honolulu, hospitalized after plane crashes during military exercise

    12/13/2018 5:10:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    A civilian contractor pilot hired by the Hawaii Air National Guard was in serious condition Wednesday after crashing his plane during a military exercise off the coast of Honolulu, authorities said. A private sailboat rescued the unidentified 47-year-old pilot about 3 miles south of Oahu near Honolulu's Sand Island where he was then transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Hawker Hunter jet went down in the ocean around 2:25 p.m. after taking off from Honolulu's airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The Hawker Hunter is a British jet developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, according...
  • Defense Contractor CAPCO, Inc. in Western Colorado Raided by Feds (developing)

    11/08/2017 9:58:51 AM PST · by dware · 19 replies
    KREX News Channel 5 Facebook ^ | 11.08.2017 | Tyler Young
    On the 1300th block of Winters Avenue at CAPCO, Inc. Federal Agents are executing a court ordered search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation. We'll keep you posted as more details become available.
  • US COMPANY TURNED BLIND EYE TO WILD BEHAVIOR ON IRAQ BASE [$$]

    05/03/2017 8:21:09 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    AP ^ | May 3, 2017 | DESMOND BUTLER AND LORI HINNANT
    snip Cole and King had spent more than a year together in Iraq investigating all manner of misconduct at Balad and beyond. They'd uncovered evidence that Sallyport employees were involved in sex trafficking , they said. Staff on base routinely flew in smuggled alcohol in such high volumes that a plane once seesawed on the tarmac under the weight. Rogue militia stole enormous generators off the base using flatbed trucks and a 60-foot crane, driving past Sallyport security guards.
  • Scandalous Images from Kabul: Guards at US Embassy Organized Humiliating Sex Games [2009]

    07/18/2015 10:06:07 PM PDT · by familyop · 54 replies
    Spiegel Online, Der Spiegel ^ | Sep 4, 2009 | Britta Sandberg
    Some of the men involved claim they were forced to participate by their supervisors at the ArmorGroup security firm. The scandal could yet again call into question the role of private contractors in US military missions...They show naked men, employees of the security firm, whose genitals are only barely covered with a kind of black beer mat. The men are drinking, dancing naked around a fire, licking each others nipples and grabbing each others testicles. They perform sex acts, pour vodka down each others' naked backs and drink it from the buttocks. It now appears that some of the men...
  • State Dept. contractor allegedly paid by Chinese agent to spy on Americans – yet no charges filed

    04/21/2015 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/22/15 | Catherine Herridge
    Newly unsealed court documents obtained by Fox News show a State Department contractor allegedly was paid thousands by an individual thought to be a Chinese agent in exchange for information on Americans -- but despite an FBI probe, the Justice Department declined to prosecute. A November 2014 FBI affidavit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, shows the bureau investigated the contractor for her admitted contact with individuals she believed to be Chinese intelligence officers. The affidavit from agent Timothy S. Pappa states the translator, Xiaoming Gao, was paid "thousands of dollars to provide information on...
  • US contractors 'killed in insider attack' in Kabul

    01/29/2015 12:07:07 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 1-29-2015 | Al Jezeera
    Three American contractors were killed in an apparent insider attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters news agency. "It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason," the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorised to give statements to the media. "An investigation has been opened." The international force in Afghanistan also confirmed the shooting took place on Thursday evening. A rise in so-called "insider attacks" in Afghanistan has eroded trust between Afghan and international troops in the...
  • Millionaire cybersecurity expert missing as Maryland mansion burned to rubble

    01/20/2015 8:29:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Phillip Swarts
    An executive at ScienceLogic, a company used to monitor the online networks of the FBI and the Department of Defense, among others, were missing Monday after a four-alarm fire destroyed his 16,000-square-foot Annapolis home. Don Pyle, the chief operating officer at the Reston-based technology provider, and his wife Sandy, couldn’t be located, authorities said Monday. It took 85 firefighters nearly three-and-a-half hours to get the blaze under control and firefighters had yet to set foot inside the building, uncertain about its integrity, Monday afternoon. Neighbors told The Washington Times the Pyles’ grandchildren may have been staying with them for the...
  • What Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Learned About the Business of War

    12/03/2014 3:11:35 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Professional Overseas Contractors ^ | December 3, 2014 | Drake Bennett
    Erik Prince is not whining, he wants that clear. “However much I had to put up with, in terms of the assault from all sides, from the lawyers and the bureaucrats, pales in comparison to guys who lost their lives, who were maimed, either active-duty military or contractors,” he says. “I’m just providing a cautionary tale to the next guy dumb enough to run to the sound of the alarm bell. Because the government can drop you on a dime and leave you hanging.” For Prince, who in less than a decade took an obscure military training facility, Blackwater USA,...
  • United Technologies CEO Chenevert Abruptly Steps Down (DoD contractor)

    11/24/2014 8:12:14 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 24 | Ted Mann & Angelea Chen
    United Technologies Corp. Chief Executive Louis Chenevert abruptly stepped down, startling people inside and outside the industrial conglomerate he led for six years.
  • U.S. diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation (Robin L. Raphel Again)

    11/07/2014 5:04:24 AM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    WP ^ | November 6 2014 | Anne Gearan and Adam Goldman
    A veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn, according to U.S. officials. The FBI searched the Northwest Washington home of Robin L. Raphel last month, and her State Department office was also examined and sealed, officials said. Raphel, a fixture in Washington’s diplomatic and think-tank circles, was placed on administrative leave last month, and her contract with the State Department was allowed to expire this week. Two U.S. officials described the investigation as a counterintelligence matter, which typically involves allegations of spying...
  • Former Blackwater guard testifies against friends

    07/03/2014 9:53:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    TWC Central ^ | July 3, 2014 12:35PM EDT | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Blackwater security guard Matthew Murphy and now-indicted ex-colleague Paul Slough were friends, having survived the war in Iraq together, creating a bond that under different circumstances might have lasted a lifetime. But from the witness stand in the Blackwater criminal trial this week, Murphy testified that he saw Slough fire at least two grenades into a car where a woman and her son died, two of 14 Iraqis killed on Sept. 16, 2007, in a downtown Baghdad square. In three days of testimony, Murphy became the first Blackwater security guard to testify against his former associates...
  • Navy SEAL contractor denied medical treatment by U.S. Embassy medical professionals

    06/30/2014 1:55:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    newsninja2012.com ^ | 6/30/14 | Jai
    Brandon Webb, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and now Editor-in-Chief of SOFREP.com, posted a sobering article today on the failures of the State Department in regards to our former military contractors working overseas. Brandon tells us the story of a CIA paramilitary and former Navy SEAL, Matthew Wojciechowski, who, while on TDY (temporary duty assignment) in ā€ˇthe Middle East, endured severe chest pains while on a mission. Instead of the medical professionals at the U.S. Embassy assisting him, they performed a stress test on him, took his vitals and sent him back to work. They denied him further treatment, leaving...
  • Obamacare Contractor Pays People to Do Nothing

    05/13/2014 7:16:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/13/14 | staff
    Employees at Serco- an Obamacare processing center in Missouri with a contract worth more than $1.2 billion, are coming forward with stunning accounts of the odd work environment there. A current employee alleges that there is no work for employees to do, so they often sit idly staring at computer screens. Serco is supposed to process Obamacare applications, input the data into computers, and complete the sign up process, but the employee told KMOV that weeks could pass without an employee processing an application. “The main thing is that the Data Entry side does not have hardly any work to...
  • Serco’s Checkered History (Obamacare contractor defrauded the British gov)

    10/31/2013 7:50:35 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 24 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The CEO of Serco, a British-based company whose North American division received one of the largest contracts to work on the Obamacare insurance exchanges,[1] resigned Friday amid allegations that the company had defrauded the British government of millions of pounds. Even as myriad other allegations emerged about its work around the globe, Serco spent heavily on lobbying in Washington, D.C., and secured a multi-year contract potentially worth $1.249 billion to handle paper applications for the Obamacare exchanges. Serco did not respond to e-mail and voice-mail requests for comment. Public records demonstrate Serco’s concentrated effort to woo the U.S. government. In...
  • San Jose burned by bankruptcy of contractor on environmental center (OOOPS!)

    08/25/2013 10:27:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/25/13 | John Woolfolk
    SAN JOSE -- A Modesto contractor awarded an $11 million contract to build a San Jose environmental center despite finishing two city fire stations late has walked off the job and filed for bankruptcy with the unfinished project more than six months overdue and $1.6 million over budget. Applegate Johnston's team failed to show up at the Las Plumas Avenue job site last month and filed bankruptcy papers two weeks later, jeopardizing the project's completion and complex financing and forcing the city this week to delay occupancy of a key tenant until next year. City officials said the deadlines to...