Sunday, May 01, 2005

Firm investigated for bilking millions from U.S. government

Custer Battles LLC, a contract security group in Iraq, is under investigation by the U.S. government for allegedly scamming millions of dollars from the federal government. Did this company undergo a background check? Is it a well-established company? Were its customers happy with its service? Were any of these questions asked before awarding the bid to this wild-west-mentality security group? What's not acceptable is that Amercians in Iraq exhibit neanderthal acts against each other... they are all far away from home, but they don't seem to give a damn. It's enough that they have to live, survive in a hostile country. Where's the support for each other? Uberdorks, thy name is idiot. How many other contractors in Iraq bilk the U.S. government? Halliburton, of course, but how many more. Land of the oppressed, home of thieves (Iraq).

This information was taken from Yahoo! :
Custer Battles wants its customers to understand the risks of doing business in difficult environments. The company provides security services, risk management consulting, and other services including business intelligence, litigation support, and security-related training. It has provided security services to companies involved in reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Co-founders Scott Custer and Mike Battles are former US Army Rangers.

By DEBORAH HASTINGS

His career in Baghdad was brief. And it ended badly.

On a blistering July afternoon, three MP5 submachine guns were pointed at Robert Isakson. The men carrying the weapons wanted his money and his security pass.

As Isakson tells it, they also wanted his guns, leaving him unarmed in a mess of a country and banned from its safest haven.

``We were defenseless,'' says the former cop and FBI agent. He had come to Iraq to help rebuild the devastated country, accompanied by his 14-year-old son, Bobby. Now, after less than a month, they were being expelled at gunpoint.

By Americans.

The gunmen and Isakson all worked for Custer Battles LLC, a Rhode Island-based contracting firm now mired in lawsuits and a criminal investigation by the Pentagon. Isakson claims company employees ordered him out because he refused to help defraud the U.S. government.

It is one allegation on a long list.

Custer Battles security guards have also been accused of firing at unarmed civilians. They have been accused of crushing a car filled with Iraqi children and adults. They have been accused of unleashing a hail of bullets in a Baghdad hotel, only to discover, when the dust literally settled, that they had been shooting at each other.

The company is under investigation by the Department of Defense for allegedly overcharging the government millions by making up invoices for work never done, equipment never received, and guards who didn't exist. Full story at CBS.

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