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Justice Abroad

Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia

Hundreds of Filipino workers are marooned at a U.S. military base on an island in the Indian Ocean because of a dispute between their employer, a major American contractor, and the Philippine government over their wages, according to employees and Philippine officials.

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Kimberly Motely

Kimberly Motely a practicing attorney and litigator since 2003 and has worked in Afghanistan since 2008. She is the founder of Motley Legal Services and cofounder of Motley Consulting International. She is the first foreigner who has ever litigated cases in Afghanistan's Criminal Courts and has a strong litigious practice focusing on criminal, commercial, contract, civil, and employment law matters.

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Mark Frerichs

The Taliban has freed Mark Frerichs, an American engineer in exchange for an Afghan tribal leader linked to the group the US had held on drugs charges since 2005.

Frerichs is an engineer and U.S. Navy veteran from Lombard, Illinois, who worked in Afghanistan for a decade on development projects. He was kidnapped in February 2020.

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Fat Leonard

Fat Leonard

On Friday, the U.S. government posted a $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed "Fat Leonard," who disappeared weeks before being sentenced for one of the largest bribery scandals in the nation's defense contracting history.

Francis pleaded guilty in 2015 to offering prostitution services, luxury hotels, cigars, gourmet meals, and more than $500,000 in

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antactica
antarctica

On her very first day in Antarctica, one woman was warned to aviod a certain building as NSF McMurdo Station unless [she] wanted to be raped.

Another was so "freaked out"by the pervassive sexual harrassment that she began carrying around a hammer.

Sexual assault and sexual harassment "are a fact of life" in Antarctica, another woman said, "just like the fact that Antarctica is cold and the wind blows."

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kuwait, contractor

kuwait, contractor

Suspicions of corruption show their ugly face again on the land of Kuwait, but this time not involving the locals, as the US Defense Department Inspector General said in a report released Monday that the property books of his forces witnessed mistakes in the millions of dollars, noting that the auditor’s report monitored the price of one office printer exceeding 1.1 million dollars in exchange for the purchase of 82 similar printers for only $412 each, reports Al-Jarida daily. The inspector general added that the Army’s databases included the listing of a basic fire department simulator worth $36.3 million, although its actual value was only $49,950.

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Anti-Kickback Act, KBR

A defense contractor KBR, agreed to pay $13.67 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that its employees accepted kickbacks while providing logistics support to U.S. Army forces in the Middle East.

The lawsuit accused employees of the Houston-based Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., known to troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as KBR, of rigging contracts and overcharging the government, the Justice Department said in a statement last week.

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Joseph Cancel

Joseph Cancel

Willy Joseph Cancel, a 22-year-old American citizen, and former U.S. Marine were killed in Ukraine last week.

According to sources the contractor was originally from Orange County, New York, lived with his wife and 7-month-old baby in Tennessee, where he worked full-time as a corrections officer. After the war in Ukraine broke out, Joseph Cancel signed up to work for a private military company which then sent him to fight in Ukraine.

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CHS

CHS

Comprehensive Health Services LLC (CHS), located in Cape Canaveral, Florida, has agreed to pay $930,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely representing to the State Department and the Air Force that it complied with contract requirements relating to the provision of medical services at State Department and Air Force facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the Department of Justice’s first resolution of a False Claims Act case involving cyber fraud since the launch of the department’s Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, which aims to combine the department’s expertise in civil fraud enforcement, government procurement, and cybersecurity to combat new and emerging cyber threats to the security of sensitive information and critical systems.

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Karina Mateo, a logistics analyst for Boeing in San Antonio, Texas, was driving to work when she got a WhatsApp message from a random number with the +965 Kuwaiti country code. Mateo took a deep breath as she began to read. Two and a half years ago, her fiancé, Jermaine Rogers, was arrested in Kuwait on drug charges while working for General Dynamics on a contract with the U.S. military. His punishment had recently been reduced from death by public hanging to life in prison. The sender of the message identified himself as an American and fellow inmate at Kuwait’s notorious Central Prison.

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