Blackwater/Xe lawsuit: Fraud (prostitution)

Are whistleblowers encouraging or what?

Former Blackwater employees accuse security contractor of defrauding government[quote]February 12, 2010

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years through phony billing, including charging taxpayers for alcohol-filled parties, spa trips and a prostitute.

In court records unsealed this week, a husband and wife who worked for Blackwater said they have firsthand knowledge of the company falsifying invoices, double-billing federal agencies and improperly charging the government for personal expenses. They said they witnessed “systematic” fraud in the company’s security contracts with the State Department in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

Their lawsuit was filed under the False Claims Act, which allows whistle-blowers to win a portion of any money the government recovers as a result of the information. However, the Justice Department has chosen not to join them in pursuing their lawsuit, a decision that led to the suit being unsealed this week.

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Blackwater became the largest of the State Department’s private security contractors. It has since been paid billions of dollars to protect diplomatic employees in Iraq and Afghanistan and for other agencies’ security missions.

In their suit, the Davises assert that Blackwater officials kept a Filipino prostitute on the company payroll for a State Department contract in Afghanistan, and billed the government for her time working for male Blackwater employees in Kabul. The prostitute’s salary was categorized as part of the company’s “Morale Welfare Recreation” expenses, they alleged. [/quote]
NY Times (February 10, 2010 ): 2 Ex-Workers Accuse Blackwater Security Company of Defrauding the U.S. for Years

Lawsuit: Blackwater Put Filipino Prostitute On Government Tab[quote]February 11, 2010

"The lawsuit also claims that Melan Davis, who handled accounts for Blackwater’s contracts with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, approached her supervisors with concerns about the company’s book-keeping. But she was told to “back off,” and that she “would never win a medal for saving the government money.”[/quote]
The singularity of one comfort secret may or may not be enough to spark urgent revamp of Blackwater contracts.

Same sentiments persist…[quote="[url= months ago I[/url]"]If party politics overrules human decency, what is there r e a l l y to discuss? To me:

  1. Investigation.
  2. Prosecution.
  3. Ongoing Accountability.
    or the lack thereof…
  4. Why has Obama’s administration just renewed Blackwater/Xe’s contract?

American tax dollars being openly thrown again to known assassins and predators.
What’s under the covers we don’t know about?[/quote]
Well, some of the covers are being pulled back…
The next questions: What else? Who else? Will enough Americans expect accountability?

Booze-ups and hookers? Jesus wouldn’t approve!

It would not surprise me at all if all these allegations are true. It also won’t surprise me if nothing comes of this. Erik Prince and the other top guys at Blackwater are very well connected with the Republican and Christian right leadership, as well as the Pentagon. They have done a pretty good job of weaseling out of various lawsuits.

Anybody remembering the old “200 dollars for a toilet seat” meme?

Its really not so surprising this took a married couple (who were both working for Blackwater) to blow the whistle.

[quote=“Buscador”]Erik Prince and the other top guys at Blackwater are very well connected with the Republican and Christian right leadership, as well as the Pentagon.[/quote]So true, in his recent interview Erik seemingly used his CIA connections as leverage, maybe even blackmail.

But one of the darkest parts of this is that apparently many of our well-paid 21st century private Blackwater/Xe army heroes OVER-enjoyed representing the security of American interests.

Can’t really thank them for winning the hearts and minds of our enemies… but our tax dollars are still keeping them employed.

[quote]…Blackwater was guilty of using child prostitutes at its compound in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and that owner Erik Prince knew of this activity and did nothing to stop it.

The declarations describe Blackwater as “having young girls provide oral sex to Enterprise members in the ‘Blackwater Man Camp’ in exchange for one American dollar.” They add even though Prince frequently visited this camp, he “failed to stop the ongoing use of prostitutes, including child prostitutes, by his men.”

One of the statements also charges that “Prince’s North Carolina operations had an ongoing wife-swapping and sex ring, which was participated in by many of Mr. Prince’s top executives.”
More on the “morale welfare recreation” billing process:

[quote]As much as this story is about obvious misuse of taxpayer dollars, it’s also about male entitlement to sex. The Blackwater employee in question felt so entitled to sex with a woman, that he considered it a job-related expense and a part of “morale welfare” that could be charged to the government. He felt so entitled to sex, he thought you should pay for it. And you did.

Mercenaries are always a bad idea when they’re in the rear echelon.