Dozens of intelligence contractors have submitted false claims for federal funds

By Douglas Birch, The Center for Public Integrity – Pentagon report reveals that those implicated typically kept their security clearances Dozens of contractors for the four largest Defense Department intelligence agencies have been investigated for submitting false payment claims worth millions of dollars over the past decade, according to a new Pentagon report. The report by Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence Anthony Thomas said that when his auditors examined 128 unclassified cases of contractor misconduct, he found 89 — or more than two-thirds — involved fraudulent billing for work the contractors had evidently not done. In the 86 cases relating to one or more individual contractors, the largest reported loss was $265,698 and the smallest $433 — with an average of $41,790, the report said. The report said the total lost to fraud in all the cases chosen for the report, including 12 contracting companies, was $4.34 million. The report...

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