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Security clearance firm charged with fraud

Jan. 23, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By MICHAEL HARDY   |   Comments
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The National Security Agency is due for some reforms. (Patrick Lux / Getty Images)

U.S. Investigations Services, a company that performs background checks for government security clearances, has been charged with fraud and breach of contract for allegedly faking the investigations, CNN reports.

Prosecutors charged the company with three counts: false or fraudulent claims; false statements, and breach of contract.

The company is accused of labeling background checks as completed when the firm had actually not carried out the required review. At least 665,000 background checks were falsified, the government alleges.

The company was involved in the background checks of Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis the Navy Yard shooter although their cases are apparently not among those the company is accused of faking, Bloomberg reports.

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