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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2004 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Now it seems Halliburton has been price gouging, and overcharged the federal government $27 million for meals they never served to our troops and $61 million for gasolineNow it seems Halliburton has been price gouging, and overcharged the federal government $27 million for meals they never served to our troops and $61 million for gasoline.

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"Numerous experts told us Halliburton's prices were "outrageously high," that they were potentially "a huge ripoff" to taxpayers, and that Halliburton could be guilty of "price gouging."
[Source: Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep John Dingell, Letter to Gen. Robert B. Flowers, Directorate of Military Programs, Army Corps of Engineers, 10/21/03]

"I asked my staff a simple question: Can we trace the path of a gallon of gasoline from a refinery in Kuwait to the streets of Baghdad? Although the question was simple, getting the answer was hard. Obtaining useful information from this Administration is virtually impossible. But what independent experts told us was appalling. The taxpayer is getting gouged by Halliburton.

"The wholesale price of refined gasoline in Kuwait and other Mideast nations is 71 cents per gallon. A reasonable cost to transport gasoline into Iraq is another 10 to 25 cents per gallon. Unless the company is Halliburton. It is charging taxpayers nearly $1 per gallon to truck this gasoline 400 miles from Kuwait to Baghdad."
[Source: Rep. Henry Waxman, Statement, 10/15/03]

"Halliburton's actions on Monday came two weeks after it agreed to repay the government for overcharges estimated at $27.4 million for meals served to U.S. troops at five military bases in Iraq and Kuwait last year. Pentagon auditors are also reviewing 53 remaining dining facilities in Kuwait and Iraq operated by Kellogg Brown Root."
[Source: New York Times, 2/17/04]

"Halliburton said Monday it will withhold billing on $140 million in invoices, in addition to the $34.5 million in invoices the company agreed to suspend last week…Earlier this month, the United States said Halliburton agreed to reimburse $27.4 million in potential overcharges to the Pentagon after audits were conducted regarding the Army dining facilities.
[Source: Bloomberg News, 2/18/04]

"A Pentagon audit has found Vice President Dick Cheney's former company may have overcharged the Army by $1.09 per gallon for nearly 57 million gallons of gasoline delivered to citizens in Iraq… Auditors found potential overcharges of up to $61 million for gasoline that a Halliburton subsidiary delivered as part of its no-bid contract to help rebuild Iraq's oil industry."
[Source: Associated Press, 12/12/03]

There are at least four ongoing investigations into Halliburton contracts. "Amid allegations of overbilling by top Iraqi contractor Halliburton and kickbacks to its employees, senior Defense Department officials vowed yesterday to get tough with the politically connected conglomerate…The Justice Department, the inspectors general of the Defense Department and the State Department, and the Kuwaiti government are all looking into complaints of possible criminal corruption surrounding Halliburton contracts, officials said."
[Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/12/04]

Possible civil or criminal charges. "Halliburton Co., the biggest contractor for rebuilding Iraq, faced escalating scrutiny Thursday over allegations that it systematically overbilled the U.S. government. The company absorbed sharp questions on Capitol Hill, and the Justice Department began an inquiry that could bring civil or criminal charges. At issue is whether Halliburton, formerly led by Vice President Dick Cheney, overcharged $61 million for gasoline and routinely provided incomplete or inaccurate information on costs of gasoline and other services."
[Source: Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Sun-Sentinel, 3/12/04]

State Department opens investigation. "The State Department is involved in the investigation of alleged fuel overcharges by a Halliburton Co. subsidiary, according to a letter released yesterday that also claims embassy and subcontractor officials misled the government by stating there is a Kuwaiti law preventing the disclosure of wholesale fuel prices in Kuwait when no such law exists. At issue is the cost of gasoline purchased from Kuwait by Kellogg, Brown & Root, which was far more expensive than gasoline shipped to Iraq from Turkey."
[Source: Greenwire, 2/25/04]

Pentagon Inspector General's office launches criminal investigation. "The Pentagon has opened a criminal probe of Halliburton after auditors found that a subsidiary of the oil-service giant might have overcharged for gasoline delivered to Iraq via a Kuwaiti subcontractor. A Pentagon spokesperson said Tuesday the Defense Criminal Investigative Service of the Inspector General's office launched a criminal investigation of Halliburton unit Kellogg, Brown & Root on Jan. 29."
[Source: Knight Ridder, 2/25/04]

List of ongoing investigations: "Pentagon auditors found a Halliburton Co. subsidiary gave faulty cost estimates on a $2.7 billion contract to serve American troops in Iraq and Kuwait, and company officials acknowledged making mistakes, Defense Department documents show.

"The estimate problems included a failure to tell contract managers that Halliburton had terminated two subcontracts for feeding troops, which affected costs on $1 billion worth of that work, the Defense Contract Audit Agency found. Halliburton also did not tell contract managers it had already awarded subcontracts worth $141.5 million for work it said would cost $208.8 million, the auditors found.

"The pricing issue is just one of several problems with Halliburton contracts in Iraq. Both the Pentagon and Justice Department have launched criminal investigations of the company, formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney.

"Halliburton's problems include:

- An alleged kickback scheme that prompted Halliburton to fire two workers and reimburse the Pentagon $6.3 million.
- Possible overcharging for food services which Halliburton reimbursed the Defense Department for nearly $30 million. Halliburton has set aside $141 million to pay other possible reimbursements.
- A separate DCAA audit which accused KBR of overcharging by $61 million for gasoline delivered to serve the civilian market in Iraq last year. Halliburton has said the charges were proper.

[Source: Associated Press, 3/12/04]

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2004 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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