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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Blackwater USA

11 instances of misconduct since 1995 | $49.5M in penalties

Blackwater USA (renamed Xe in February 2009 and Academi in December 2011) is a North Carolina-based professional military, law enforcement, security and peacekeeping operations company. Blackwater was founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, a former U. S. Navy SEAL. The Blackwater family of businesses includes Blackwater Training Center (the largest private firearms and tactical training center in the U. S., according to Blackwater’s Web site), Blackwater Target Systems, Blackwater Security Consulting, Blackwater Canine, and Raven Development Group. In 2014, Academi merged with Triple Canopy and other companies to form Constellis Holdings.

Correspondence Date
Letter to Blackwater 6/7/2008
Response from Blackwater 6/17/2008
FY Rank Contract Awards
2015 N/A $1.6M
2014 N/A $64.7M
2013 N/A $59.3M
2012 N/A $31.7M
2011 N/A $202.4M

11 Instances of Misconduct since 1995

3 additional instances of misconduct pending resolution.

Date Instance Penalty
Total  
8/7/2012 Firearms Violations – Deferred Prosecution Agreement
Blackwater USA
$7,500,000
7/12/2012 Winston et al. v. Academi Training Center (Whistleblower Retaliation)
Blackwater USA
Pending
6/6/2011 Mercadante et al. v. Xe Services (Employee Misclassification)
Blackwater USA
Pending
5/24/2011 Beauchamp, et al. v. U.S. Training Center (False Billings and Retaliation)
Blackwater USA
Pending
8/18/2010 Firearms Violations – State Department Settlement
Blackwater USA
$42,000,000
4/16/2010 Firearms Violations – Employee Prosecutions
Blackwater USA
$10,000
1/6/2010 Kabul Shooting Prosecutions
Blackwater USA
$0
6/10/2009 August 2007 Hilla, Iraq Shooting
Blackwater USA
$0
12/8/2008 Sept. 16, 2007 Baghdad Shooting Investigation (DOJ Prosecution)
Blackwater USA
$0
12/5/2008 USA v. Ridgeway (Sept. 16, 2007 Baghdad Shooting)
Blackwater USA
$0
12/19/2007 Albazzaz v. Blackwater (Sept. 9, 2007 Baghdad Shooting)
Blackwater USA
$0
10/11/2007 Abtan v. Blackwater (Sept. 16, 2007 Baghdad Shooting)
Blackwater USA
$0
3/30/2007 Employee Misclassification
Blackwater USA
$0
6/13/2005 Afghanistan Plane Crash
Blackwater USA
$0

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