Two former employees have accused Blackwater Worldwide of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips.
February 11, 2010 |
The world’s oldest profession may have been subsidized by the US government during the war on terror.
“Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips,” Carol D. Leonnig reports for the Washington Post.
The article continues, “In newly unsealed court records, a husband and wife who once worked for Blackwater said they had personal knowledge of the company falsifying invoices, double-billing federal agencies and charging the government Continue reading
06:12 PM EDT on Friday, September 18, 2009
By Lynn Arditi
Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE — Raising money for charity can be tough, but Rhode Island police organizations have found one business that’s always willing to contribute.
Asian massage parlors or “spas” in Providence which police and local watch-dog groups maintain are often fronts for brothels, have for years donated to police association charities –– and conspicuously displayed their support by plastering stickers with police logos on their doors and windows.
They spread like wallpaper over the front door of a spa near a bus stop on North Main Street, in plain view of the waiting riders. At another spa on Admiral Street, police stickers decorate the plexiglass receptionist window, along with logos noting that the spa accepts all major credit cards.
Some resemble police badges with the name of a police union –– Providence, Cranston, Warwick, and Barrington, among them –– while others sport the five-pointed star trademark with the letters “FOP.” Continue reading
ADAM LYNN, The News Tribune
Published: 07/01/09 5:21 pm | Updated: 07/02/09 6:22 am
It looks as though Superior Court Judge Michael A. Hecht’s trial on charges of felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute will take place in Pierce County.
The judge presiding over the case rejected Hecht’s request for a change of venue Wednesday.
King County Superior Court Judge James Cayce left open the possibility of changing his mind if jury selection becomes difficult. But he said didn’t see enough evidence that Hecht’s right to a fair trial had been prejudiced by news coverage. Continue reading