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Former Blackwater employees indicted for corruption

WASHINGTON - Daily News with wires | 4/19/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Five former employees of the U.S. defense contractor Blackwater were indicted in a corruption scandal involving Jordanian officials, the Iraqi broadcaster Al-Sumaria TV reported.

Five former employees of the private U.S. defense contractor Blackwater, including former president Gary Jackson, were indicted by a U.S. court Friday on several weapons charges and making false statements in a corruption case involving Jordanian officials, the Iraqi broadcaster Al-Sumaria TV reported.

They were also accused of violating federal firearm laws and misrepresenting the weapons they were purchasing, as well as the identities of the buyers.

In the case dating back to 2008, weapons were given to Jordanian officials in hopes of winning their business, while it was stated they were bought by employees.

The Justice Department said that there was no wrongdoing by the Jordanian government or its officials and said the country provided assistance in the investigation, according to Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty.

The 15-count indictment included the company's former general counsel Andrew Howell, former executive vice president William Mathews, former vice president of logistics and procurement Ana Bundy, and former armorer Ronald Slezak.

Blackwater, a North Carolina company now known as Xe Services, has come under heavy criticism for its alleged role in a September 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nisoor Square that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.

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