Maersk Line Limited, part of the Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk, has agreed to pay $31.9 million to settle claims that it overcharged the U.S. military for transporting cargo to support American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The settlement resolves a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former industry insider. The individual, Jerry Brown, will receive $3.6 million as his share of the settlement, according to the Justice Department.
Maersk blamed the mistakes in part on operating in war-time conditions that led to inaccuracies in documentation such as invoices and also that sometimes information was only partially reported or delayed.
(Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg)