US sues KBR in connection with Army work in Iraq

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 4:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is suing Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc., charging that the defense contractor submitted false claims and took kickbacks in connection to a U.S. Army contract in Iraq.

The government alleges that KBR employees took kickbacks from two Kuwaiti companies that it hired as subcontractors in 2003 and 2004, then filed claims for reimbursement for inflated costs.

The Justice Department said Thursday that it filed the lawsuit in federal court in Illinois.

Messages left with Houston-based KBR seeking comment were not immediately returned.

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