The Rip-off in Iraq:

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by msr, Aug 31, 2007.

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    How is it done? How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini? Ask Earnest O. Robbins -- he knows all about being a successful contractor in Iraq.

    http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/60950

    msr
     
  2. I like his style.
     
  3. Man has got balls to screw the USA taxpayer out of that amount of money.

    Mind you he did get away with it for so long, someone else must have been in on the act with him.


    fastmedic
     
  4. The company mentioned were the first lot I worked after I got out.
    Dodgy buggers.
     
  5. engr172

    engr172 Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    Got to admire his cojones
     
  6. Parsons etc are a dodgy bunch of burggers. A company I used to work for (S****) were so embarrassed with having them as partners in a joint venture with B** that we said we would walk if they didn't. They walked - even B** were embarrassed by them.
     
  7. How about this one for brass balls ? (Taken from the same article)


    The deal charged C*** B*** with the responsibility to perform airport security for civilian flights. But there were never any civilian flights into Baghdad's airport during the life of their contract, so the CPA gave them a job managing an airport checkpoint, which they failed miserably. They were also given scads of money to buy expensive X-ray equipment and set up an advanced canine bomb-sniffing system, but they never bought the equipment. As for the dog, Ballard reported, "I eventually saw one dog. The dog did not appear to be a certified, trained dog." When the dog was brought to the checkpoint, he added, it would lie down and "refuse to sniff the vehicles" -- as outstanding a metaphor for U.S. contractor performance in Iraq as has yet been produced.

    Like most contractors, C*** B*** was on a cost-plus arrangement, which means its profits were guaranteed to rise with its spending. But according to testimony by officials and former employees, the partners also charged the government millions by making out phony invoices to shell companies they controlled. In another stroke of genius, they found a bunch of abandoned Iraqi Airways forklifts on airport property, repainted them to disguise the company markings and billed them to U.S. taxpayers as new equipment.


    Spot the officers though. Apparantly the only reason they got caught out was when they left a spread sheet on the desk after a meeting with auditors :roll:
     
  8. 8) Sounds like MOD not overseeing contracts, if you dont know what is going o 8) n you deserve to be robbed 8)
     
  9. I am just finishing this book 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad's Green Zone' (link), one of the most depressing things I've ever read. The criminal negligence of the US administration and the incompetence of the CPA laid bare; makes it pretty clear how people managed to rip off the taxpayer andmake lots of cash with few consequences.
     
  10. And we get screwed, hung drawn and quartered if you put in a £5 claim in on JPA you are told you can claim for on a course then find out on an audit you cant as some young lads have found out.
     
  11. I can see where you´re coming from Iron and fully agree, but I think it´s a bit like the old saying with banks: "Borrow 10,000 and the bank owns you. Borrow 10,000,000 and you own the bank"