Murtha's Nephew Defends Contracts; Obama Targets Tax Evaders; DOJ on Defensive in Renzi Case
I do not anticipate that another Charles Ponzi will ever appear in the financial world."
— Boston publicist William H. McMasters, Lost Manuscript Details Original Ponzi (NYT)
Murtha's Nephew Got Defense Contracts » The most striking feature about the quiet Glen Burnie, Md., headquarters of Murtech Inc. is its owner -- Robert C. Murtha Jr., nephew of Rep. John P. Murtha. Last year, Murtech received $4 million in Pentagon work, all of it without competition, for a variety of warehousing and engineering services. — Washington Post
Obama Targets Tax Evaders » President Obama yesterday announced a major offensive against businesses and wealthy individuals who avoid U.S. taxes by parking cash overseas, a battle he said would be fought with new tax laws, new reporting requirements and an army of 800 new IRS agents. — Washington Post
DOJ on Defensive in Renzi Case » After privately listening to several wiretapped phone calls between former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) and his lawyers, the judge considering the pre-trial motions in the case on Friday determined there was enough evidence to call a special hearing to decide whether government prosecutors and the FBI abused their power in recording the conversations. — The Hill
KBR Connected to Alleged Fraud » KBR, the Army's largest contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, is linked to "the vast majority" of suspected combat-zone fraud cases that have been referred to investigators, according to the Pentagon's top auditor. — Washington Post
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May 5, 2009; 10:23 AM ET
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