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US Army Contractor to Settle Fraud Claims


U.S. officials say a leading military contractor has agreed to pay $8 million to resolve fraud claims from more than six years ago.

The Justice Department says it reached the agreement with Kellogg, Brown and Root. It was contracted to help build a military camp (Camp Bondsteel) in Kosovo in 1999.

U.S. officials investigated charges that the firm had double-billed the government and delivered unusable goods.

The Associated Press quotes a spokeswoman for the company who said officials closed the investigation without filing a fraud complaint.

The Army camp in Kosovo was built to support the NATO presence in the U.N.-administered province of Serbia.

Kellogg, Brown and Root is a subsidiary of the U.S. corporation Halliburton, which has been accused of overcharging the Pentagon on military contracts in Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.
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