Why and where did some of that money go....
A British adviser to the Iraqi Governing Council claimed that officials in the CPA were demanding bribes of up to $300,000 in return for awarding contracts.Assuming it was all $100 dollar bills it was about 20 tractor trailer loads shipped to Iraq where reports surfaced of individuals playing football with $100,000 blocks of dollars. This was one of the greatest financial scandals of all time and the GOP still does not want to investigate.
Contracts were paid in cash bricks - stacks of $100 bills — stuffed in gunnysacks. Why pay in cash bricks except to leave no paper or electronic trail?
$1.4 billion was flown by helicopter to a bank in the Kurdish town of Irbil — it never arrived.
8,206 guards were listed on the payroll, but they could only find 602 actual guards. Where did this money go? Who was behind this scam?
Just One individual with an excel spreadsheet was in charge of $20 billion
Cost-plus contracts gave contractors incentive to charge higher prices — the more they spent, the more they made.Halliburton purchased of hundreds of high-end SUVsWhistleblowers exposed fraudulent practices, yet for more than a year the CPA continued to give contracts to the firm Custer-Battles. When asked why, Custer said, "Battles is very active in the Republican party, and speaks to individuals he knows in the Whitehouse almost daily."
Leased SUVs for $7,500 per month
Some employees lived in 5-star hotels
Employees were told NOT to keep electronic spreadsheets to record their purchases — ie leave no trail
“We are in a war against terrorists, to have a blame meeting isn’t, in my opinion, constructive,” said Rep. Dan Burton, an Indiana Republican.