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Swiss Company Accused of Stiffing U.S. for $750 Million Supplying Food to Troops in Afghanistan

from allgov.com: Seven years after it was hired to provide food to troops in Afghanistan, a Swiss company has been accused of overcharging the Department of Defense about three-quarters of a billion dollars. Supreme Foodservice AG of Switzerland has been paid $5.5 billion since 2005 to deliver water and food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, to U.S. forces at about 246 sites in Afghanistan. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has now demanded that Supreme refund the government $756.9 million within 30 days for “unsupported transportation costs.” The overcharges include $124.3 million for transportation and corrugated packing boxes, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general’s report (Mirror PDF). Another $455 million may have represented inflated prices for the delivery of the fruits and vegetables, which were flown from the United Arab Emirates to Afghanistan.

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