Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Missing Money and a Dead American

A $24.7 million dollar payment that was supposed to go to a US contractor in Iraq is unaccounted for -- and the FBI is investigating the contractor's death.

A plan to build an Iraqi tank division led US contractor Dale Stoffel to write in a November e-mail, "If we proceed down the road we are currently on, there will be serious legal issues that will land us all in jail." Stoffel was killed in an ambush eight days later. The FBI is investigating his death -- to see if he was killed to cover up corruption in the new Iraqi government.

The US has maintained that Iraqis have been in complete control of the tank project. But the Los Angeles Times has found paperwork showing the US military is running the show. And it's a show featuring charges of millions in corruption. (LAT)

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