Government Contractors Pay $7.5 Million After Turning Afghan Compound Into A Obscene Booze-fuelled Frat House


Photo: Project on Government Oversight

The contractors who defrauded the government into getting a $189 million contract, while hosting booze-soaked parties and providing prostitutes to workers apologized yesterday and agreed to pay Uncle Sam a $7.5 million fine.According to Wired, ArmorGroup North America was in charge of protecting the U.S. Embassy in 2009 when allegations began to surface of deviant work practices and fraud. It was then that photos emerged showing a “Lord of the Flies Environment.”

That meant, in the words of one of the guards, “peeing on people, eating potato chips out of arse cracks, vodka shots out of arse cracks (there is video of that one), broken doors after drnken [sic] brawls, threats and intimidation from those leaders participating in this activity.” (He allowed, “they are not jamming guys in the arse per say [sic].”)

In addition, to pull off its low-ball bid the organisation hired Nepalese guards who barely spoke English to guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul making communications impossible among guards.

Supervisors are on tape explaining that workers will not get promotions or decent shifts without performing sexual favours, or indulging in the party games. One trainee is documented saying he could buy a prostitute for $20,000 and turn a profit the first month.

Despite all this a Wired reader noted that ArmorGroup has been awarded a new contract to guard the same embassy from April to August after the firm EODT was ousted from the position.

With yesterday’s agreement all charges of sex-trafficking, and mis-representing worker history are dismissed. ArmorGroup denied misconduct in each of those instances.

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