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Sep 3, 2010 10:26 PM by Alison Haynes

Report: Blackwater created shell companies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The New York Times is reporting that the
security company Blackwater Worldwide formed a network of 30 shell
companies and subsidiaries to get government business after the
company faced strong criticism for its conduct in Iraq.
The report Friday night on the newspaper's website says Sen.
Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has
asked the Justice Department to see whether Blackwater misled the
government when using the subsidiaries to gain government
contracts.
The Times says Levin's committee has found that Blackwater,
which now is known as Xe (zee) Services, went to great lengths to
find ways to get lucrative government work despite criminal charges
and criticism stemming from a 2007 incident in which Blackwater
guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians.

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