More Republican Thievery in Iraq

From Holden:

Looks like some of those GOP-connected fims and Heritage Foundation interns managed to make quite a killing in Iraq. That’s not surprising, but it is surprising (and refreshing) to learn that they may be prosecuted for their crimes.

American officials rushing to start small building projects in a large swath of Iraq in 2003 and 2004 did not keep required records on the spending of $89.4 million in cash and cannot account at all for another $7.2 million, a federal watchdog reported yesterday.

Most of the poorly documented spending appeared to involve incompetence or haste, but in some cases the auditors said they suspected theft. “We found indications of fraud,” said the report by Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. Some cases were referred to a criminal investigations unit of the inspector general’s office.