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US brings fraud charges against firm that vetted Snowden

Published on Jan 23, 2014 2:37 PM
 
This still frame grab recorded on June 6, 2013, shows Edward Snowden speaking during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong. The Justice Department has accused United States Investigations Services (USIS), the private firm that also vetted Snowden before he leaked documents about US spying efforts, of bilking millions of dollars through improper background checks, a court filing showed. --  FILE PHOTO: AFP / THE GUARDIAN

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Justice Department has accused United States Investigations Services (USIS), the private firm that also vetted Edward Snowden before he leaked documents about US spying efforts, of bilking millions of dollars through improper background checks, a court filing showed.

USIS has a contract with the US government since 1996 to vet individuals seeking employment with federal agencies. Such background checks include investigative fieldwork on each application.

The whistleblower lawsuit, filed in July 2011 by a former employee of USIS, is not about the firm's review of Snowden.

The lawsuit alleges that USIS failed to perform quality control reviews in connection with its background investigations.

 
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