The U.S. government has filed a civil lawsuit accusing KBR and its Kuwaiti subcontractor of submitting nearly $50 million in inflated claims to install live-in trailers for troops during the Iraq War.
It is alleged that KBR and First Kuwaiti Trading Co. overcharged for truck, driver and crane costs, and misrepresented delays in providing around 2,250 trailers meant to replace tents used by soldiers earlier in the invasion.
Associated Press reports that in one instance the contractors allegedly claimed they paid $23,000 to lease one crane per month when the actual price was about $8,000.
Formerly the engineering and construction arm of Halliburton, KBR employs more than 27,000 workers worldwide.
KBR spokeswoman Marianne Gooch told AP that the company hadn't yet seen the complaint but that, "We believe the government claims to be baseless and without merit."
(Source: Associated Press)