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Another $27.5 Million Fraud by Halliburton-KBR
Entered into the database on Thursday, July 21st, 2005 @ 10:38:19 MST


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KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, charged the Pentagon $27.5 million to ship $82,100 worth of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) to be used as cooking and heating fuel to Iraq, a Pentagon audit report revealed Monday.

Pentagon auditors were stunned. "It is illogical that it would cost $27,514,833 to deliver $82,100 in LPG fuel," officials from the Defense Contract Audit Agency noted in the report.

The audit report was released by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., critics of Halliburton and its war profiteering contracts.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which had assigned Halliburton the job of getting fuel into Iraq, declined to comment on the substance of the audit report.

"The major issues in this audit report have not been resolved," a Pentagon spokesperson said. The corps "is currently working to finalize negotiations for a price on this and all outstanding task orders."

Halliburton, previously headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, has profited greatly from its no bid and no cómpete contracts with the Pentagon.

Invoices submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers totaled $875 million for supplying Iraq with fuel from May 2003 through March 2004.

Pentagon auditors questioned $108 million or about 12 percent of those costs. (Is that Dick Cheney's designated "commission" aka skim?)

In March 2004, the Defense Energy Support Center, the military's own fuel supply arm, took over the job. In a letter to President Bush Monday, Waxman and Dingell complained that Pentagon officials had repeatedly ignored their requests to see copies of the Pentagon audits.

"Indeed, when Government Reform Committee staff indicated that they were considering issuing a subpoena for the audit reports, a Defense Department official replied that issuing a subpoena will not get the material released any faster," the lawmakers wrote.

America remains One Nation Under Fraud