ATLANTA (AP) — A Kuwaiti military food supplier is asking a judge to dismiss charges that it defrauded the U.S. government on a multibillion-dollar contract to feed soldiers in the Middle East.
The Public Warehousing Co., also known as Agility, filed a motion late Tuesday that claims the charges are a "contract dispute that the government has improperly transformed into a criminal indictment."
Prosecutors charged the company in November 2009 with manipulating a complex funding formula to defraud the U.S. government of at least $68 million in contracts to supply troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan.
Agility's attorneys also filed a separate motion accusing the U.S. Attorney's office of prosecutorial misconduct. It said the Defense Department is seeking to "deflect blame" for the high costs of the Iraq War to others, including Agility.