1.1 million dollar desktop printer? Big mistakes found in Army property books audit

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KUWAIT CITY, June 30: Suspicions of corruption shows its ugly face again on the land of Kuwait, but this time not involving the locals, as the US Defense Department Inspector General said in a report released Monday that the property books of his forces witnessed mistakes in the millions of dollars, noting that the auditor’s report monitored the price of one office printer exceeding 1.1 million dollars in exchange for the purchase of 82 similar printers for only $412 each, reports Al-Jarida daily. The inspector general added that the Army’s databases included the listing of a basic fire department simulator worth $36.3 million, although its actual value was only $49,950.

According to the newspaper, “Star and Stripes”, an army property officer told the auditors that he miscalculated the value of 17 refrigerators, as they were calculated at $652,606 each, while their true cost was $24,170, arguing that the lack of accountability led to the skew of the costs submitted to a contractor basic operations and security support.

In this regard, the audit team conducted an investigation into the results of the army’s supervision of the area support group contract in Camp Arifjan – Kuwait, as well as Camp Boring, and the auditors compared property documents held by the army and the contractor, and both the army and the contractor are supposed to keep track of the amount of government property being provisioned.

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