WASHINGTON – One of the government's largest military contractors will pay $8 million to settle six-year old claims it overcharged the Army for construction and other support services in the Balkans, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Houston-based Halliburton Co., was accused of double-billing the government and ordering unusable products while helping build Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, prosecutors said.
The contractor also allegedly inflated prices for some unspecified goods that were not put out for competitive bid, the department said.
Prosecutors said those incidents occurred between 1999 and 2000.
The department "remains committed to vigorously pursuing allegations of procurement abuses affecting the military," Assistant Attorney General Peter D. Keisler said in a statement.
Halliburton spokeswoman Melissa Norcross said the company was pleased with the settlement, which was reached without charges being filed.
"The government closed its investigation without making allegations of fraud or filing a complaint," Norcross said in a statement.