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ArmorGroup North America to pay $7.5M to settle case over its guards at US embassy in Kabul
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Justice Department says that ArmorGroup North America Inc. and its affiliates have paid $7.5 million to settle allegations that they filed false claims on a contract to guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The State Department says guards visited brothels in Kabul, that ArmorGroup North America's management knew about the guards' conduct and that the company misrepresented the work experience of 38 guards at the embassy. The government says the brothel visits violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
The settlement also covers claims that ArmorGroup North America failed to live up to requirements that it insulate itself from control by a foreign owner on the embassy contract and on a contract for guard services at a U.S. Navy facility in Bahrain.