Thursday, August 16, 2007

Pentagon Paid $998,798 to Ship Two 19-Cent Washers

Fedex rates have sure gone up.

A small South Carolina parts supplier collected about $20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers to an Army base in Texas, U.S. officials said.
The company also billed and was paid $455,009 to ship three machine screws costing $1.31 each to Marines in Habbaniyah, Iraq, and $293,451 to ship an 89-cent split washer to Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pentagon records show.

Good to know the Pentagon is on top of things. Sure, they'll find Bin Laden and his deputies and they'll protect us from any attack on home soil. How the fuck can you believe that when they're getting ripped off on shipping charges?

The owners of C&D Distributors in Lexington, South Carolina -- twin sisters -- exploited a flaw in an automated Defense Department purchasing system: bills for shipping to combat areas or U.S. bases that were labeled ``priority'' were usually paid automatically, said Cynthia Stroot, a Pentagon investigator.

Oh good, so nobody reads the papers that come through over there huh?

C&D and two of its officials were barred in December from receiving federal contracts. Today, a federal judge in Columbia, South Carolina, accepted the guilty plea of the company and one sister, Charlene Corley, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to launder money, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said.

How about a charge of ripping off the American people. After all, it's our taxes that pay for the Pentagon's budget. And we're at war. Good to see that the American companies still care about the country they make their fortune in.


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