Kuwait's Agility Busted

15.04.2010 Kuwait

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Kuwait's Agility, the Gulf's biggest logistics firm, has been replaced by a new company as the main supplier to the US military in Kuwait and Iraq, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
The US Defense Logistics Agency informed the company of its decision to name a new supplier.
Agility  will continue to supply the US military for six months "to guarantee continuity of supplies," according to a statement on the Kuwait bourse.
It did not provide the name of the new company.
Agility, formerly Public Warehousing Co (PWC), is in talks with the US government to settle indictments accusing it of overcharging the US Army on supply contracts in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan.    
The first indictment was in November. On Monday, US authorities extended the charges to include two company affiliates: US-based Agility DGS Holdings Inc and Agility DGS Logistics Services, which is based in Kuwait.
If convicted under the False Claims Act, prosecutors say the company faces probation and a fine of up to twice the gain it realised or twice the loss to the United States.
The company says the original indictment was invalid because it was served against the U.S. subsidiary rather than the parent company it named.


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