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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Vavra v. KBR (False Claims on LOGCAP Contracts in the Balkans and Iraq)

In May 2010, the U.S. government intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that employees of two freight forwarding companies provided kickbacks to KBR employees on the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP III) contract in Iraq. The lawsuit alleged that employees of freight forwarders Eagle Global Logistics (which later merged with TNT Logistics and become CEVA) and Panalpina provided meals, drinks, sporting event tickets, and golf outings to KBR employees in exchange for favorable treatment, in violation of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act. In August 2008, former KBR employee Robert Bennett pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the matter (see KBR instance, “U.S v. Bennett (LOGCAP Freight Forwarding Kickbacks)”).The lawsuit also alleged overbilling by KBR subcontractor Wesco in the Balkans. In October 2015, after a bench trial, the court found KBR liable under the Anti-Kickback Act for a total civil penalty of $108,342. In April 2017, following an appellate court ruling in the case, the trial court reduced the penalty to $98,240

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Defense - Army
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Complaint
2/24/2010
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
KBR $98,240
Further Information Released
FBI Press Release 10/16/2015
Final Judgment 10/15/2015
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law 10/15/2015
DOJ Press Release 5/5/2010
Complaint 2/24/2010

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database