Maersk to pay $31.9M to settle overcharging case

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Posted: Jan 03, 2012 5:04 PM
Maersk to pay $31.9M to settle overcharging case

The Justice Department says Maersk Line Limited has agreed to pay the government $31.9 million to settle allegations of overcharging the Pentagon for transporting thousands of shipping containers from ports to destinations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Maersk is a wholly owned American subsidiary of Denmark-based A.P. Moller Maersk.

The company allegedly inflated invoices for refrigerated containers holding perishable cargo at a port in Karachi, Pakistan, and at U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. It also allegedly billed for container delivery delays improperly attributed to the U.S. government and billed for GPS-tracking and security services that were not provided or only partially provided.