Document: Blackwater Overcharged for Labor Costs | Talking Points Memo

According to an audit performed for the State Department inspector general of Blackwater’s 2004 Iraq contract, it paid to be a guard for the private security firm. Page seven of the report — excuse my handwritten notes in the margins — shows that Blackwater charged the government for seven days’ pay per week, even though the guards only had to work six. That method of accounting “is considered acceptable,” the report says, if Blackwater properly accounted for its employees’ actual work. And, wouldn’t you know it: the company didn’t.

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