The private security firm formerly known as Blackwater will pay almost $50 million to settle charges that it illegally provided arms and services to foreign governments while employed by the U.S., according to information made public by the Pentagon.
Currently known as Academi, LLC, the firm agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine in addition to a $42 million settlement with the State Department. The statement said that Academi provided military advising, goods, and services to a number of nations without receiving permission from the State Department first. The countries include Canada, Sweden, and Denmark, but also more volatile world hotspots like Sudan. And the charges said Academi lied about providing guns to the King of Jordan.
"Today’s proceedings conclude a lengthy and complex investigation into a company which has provided valuable services to the United States government, but which, at times, and in many ways, failed to comply with important laws and regulations concerning how we as a country interact with our international allies and adversaries,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker in the statement. “Compliance with these laws is critical to the proper conduct of our defense efforts and to international diplomatic relations. This prosecution is an important step to ensuring that our corporate citizens comply with these rules in every circumstance.”
The former Blackwater is most well known for providing private security during the conflict in Iraq.