Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Pentagon paid $999,798 to ship 19-cent washers to Texas

I remember when it only cost $900,000.
A small South Carolina parts supplier collected about $20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers to a Texas base, U.S. officials said.
That's $499,399 per washer. Which is $824,659,236,000 in dog years.
The company also billed and was paid $455,009 to ship three machine screws costing $1.31 each to Marines in Habbaniyah, Iraq, and $293,451 to ship an 89-cent split washer to Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pentagon records show.
That's a lot of money to pay for a screw. Wink wink.
A review of paid shipping invoices showed that fraudulent billing is ``is not a widespread problem,'' [Cynthia Stroot, a Pentagon investigator] said.
Of course it isn't, Investigator Stroot. Neither are unaccounted-for weapons. All 200,000 of them.


At 10:16 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

What's a few million between friends?

At 11:41 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

I don't know. What does a few million look like? Does it look like a plantars wart? Or like Keith?

At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's more insane? Billing the Pentagon those ridiculous amounts, or the person who okays the PAYMENT of those amounts. Is everyone an IDIOT?

At 6:49 AM, Blogger ohdave said...

What do you want to guess that the owner or CEO of this company is a major Republican benefactor, hmmm?

I wonder if he's a pioneer.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

No doubt, OhDave, OhWiseDave.

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