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MILITARY'S FOOD SUPPLIERS TO WAR ZONE UNDER SCRUTINY
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워싱턴 – 이라크와 쿠웨이트에 가 있는 미군 병사들을 위한 식료품을 납품하는 대형 식품업자들이 정부에서 과도의 가격을 받아냈는지 여부에 대한 조사를 연방정부 수사요원들이 하고 있다고 행정부 관리들이 17일 밝혔다. 쿠웨이트와 이라크에서 납품 계약과 관련된 사기와 부정에 관한 조사기 진행 중이라는 발표가 앞서 있었지만, 그것을 확대하여 진행되는 이번 조사에서 법무부와 국방부의 수사요원들은 새라 리 사, 콘애그라 푸즈를 비롯한 미국 회사들이 군과 맺은 납품 계약들을 조사 대상으로 삼고 있다고 이 관리들이 말했다. (ⓒ 2007 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2007 usabriefing.net) Byline:ERIC SCHMITT and ANDREW MARTIN WASHINGTON -- Federal agents are investigating whether several large food companies charged the government excessively high prices for supplies to U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait, administration officials said Wednesday. Widening their previously disclosed inquiries into contract fraud and corruption in Kuwait and Iraq, investigators from the Justice and Defense departments are examining deals that the Sara Lee Corp., ConAgra Foods and other U.S. companies made to supply the military, officials said. The inquiry centers on whether the companies overcharged the Army's principal food supplier for the war zones, a Kuwait-based company called the Public Warehousing Co. Investigators are also reviewing whether Public Warehousing improperly took payments from the food companies. Public Warehousing, which supplies enormous amounts of fruits, vegetables and meats for more than 160,000 troops in combat zones, said in a statement that it had done nothing wrong and was fully cooperating with the investigation. But a Justice Department lawyer, Brian A. Mizoguchi, told a Federal Claims Court judge in Washington on June 12 that Public Warehousing's business arrangements were the target of "a very large and active investigation into criminal fraud involving amounts in the hundreds of millions of dollars." "It relates directly to the contracts," Mizoguchi said, "because it relates to the pricing and costs under those contracts." Public Warehousing, which is now called Agility Logistics, receives more than $1 billion a year to feed troops in Iraq and Kuwait. The investigation, which was reported Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, is also focusing on Army officials who picked the food companies that are Public Warehousing's suppliers. Several food companies said they were cooperating with investigators. Tyson and some other major companies say they are being excluded from the lucrative war-zone market. Tyson sent a letter to the Defense Logistics Agency on April 3 outlining the company's concerns about the way some food purchases by the military "appear to favor certain companies employing former military food service personnel," Gary Mickelson, a company spokesman, said in an e-mail message... (ⓒ 2007 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2007 usabriefing.net) . ...
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