Thursday, August 16, 2007

War Profiteering, S.C. Style

It appears that a couple of patriotic South Carolinian have been busy helping with the war effort.

The owners of C&D Distributors in Lexington, South Carolina -- twin sisters -- exploited a flaw in an automated Defense Department purchasing system: bills for shipping to combat areas or U.S. bases that were labeled ``priority'' were usually paid automatically


The scheme unraveled in September after a purchasing agent noticed a bill for shipping two more 19-cent washers: $969,000. That order was rejected and a review turned up the $998,798 payment earlier that month for shipping two 19-cent washers to Fort Bliss, Texas, Stroot said.

The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency orders millions of parts a year. ``These shipping claims were processed automatically to streamline the re-supply of items to combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,''

Lovely, just lovely


Syd said...

Ugh. One can only hope they throw the book at this ...uh... person.

Good catch on this one. I didn't seee this make the corporate media in the state. Why am I not shocked.

Syd said...

i take it back. it did make it to the corporate media's attention finally.

david said...

Man I love people who abuse the government (and then complain about how much money the government needs).