Blackwater Worldwide, the mercenary firm that the administration of former President George W. Bush allowed to run amuck in Iraq, defrauded the U.S. government for years by filing fake expenses reports, double billing and charging government agencies for strippers and whores, court records show.
Two former employees of the para-military firm, in documents filed under a 2008 lawsuit, outlined the pattern of theft of taxpayer funds in Blackwater activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and even in Louisiana in the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina.
Filed under the False Claims Act, the employees say Blackwater officials ignored “excessive and unjustified” force against Iraqi civilians by its goons.
U.S. government agencies paid Blackwater billions of dollars in no-bid contracts awarded by the Bush administration in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks.
The former employees, a married couple named Brad and Melan Davis, said there was little financial oversight of the money.