Food and water supplier for deployed troops in Iraq, Afghanistan suspended over fraud

Kaylah Jackson
January 04, 2019 - 4:31 pm

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The Defense Logistics Agency has suspended a contractor who provided food and water to deployed troops in the Middle East after the company’s executives were charged with fraud indictment, last year.

Three executives at Anham FZCO, the Dubai-based defense contractor, were charged with two counts of fraud, amongst other charges, after sending falsified photos of a job site to the Department of Defense.

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Deputy Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Pat Mackin ensured that while this contract is suspended the men and women deployed will be taken care of.

“We're fully capable of continuing to provide sustenance support through the CENTCOM area of responsibility,” said Mackin.

The Defense Logistics Agency has said a prime vendor follow-on contract for troops in Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait has already been awarded and the agency is currently looking at contract solicitations from several vendors for the sites in Afghanistan.

“We are disappointed by this action, which is based on years-old alleged conduct by individuals who no longer work for Anham or any of its subcontractors," a spokesman for Anham FZCO told the Washington Post.

After being notified of the charges last November, Anham defended themselves saying, “At no time did ANHAM’s former employee or subcontractors cause any loss to the federal government.”

DLA Deputy Director Mackin says they will “work through” this contract issue but, “We’ve been doing this mission since 2004 and never have the troops gone without what they needed.”

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