Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Gordon v. ArmorGroup North America

James Gordon, former director of operations at ArmorGroup North America (AGNA) (owned by Wackenhut Services, Inc.), filed a False Claims Act whistleblower retaliation lawsuit alleging that AGNA fired him for exposing deficiencies and illegalities relating to AGNA’s contracts with the U.S. State Department to provide security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan and at the U.S. Naval base in Bahrain. In July 2011, AGNA and its affiliates paid $7.5 million to resolve the lawsuit. The settlement resolved claims that in 2007 and 2008, AGNA guards violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by visiting brothels in Kabul, and that AGNA’s management knew about the guards’ activities. The settlement also resolved allegations that AGNA misrepresented the prior work experience of 38 third country national guards it had hired to guard the Embassy, and that AGNA failed to comply with certain Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence mitigation requirements on the embassy contract, and on a separate contract to provide guard services at the Naval base in Bahrain. See related G4S PLC instance, “Sauer et al. v. ArmorGroup North America.”

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
State Dept.
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
G4S PLC $7,500,000
Further Information Released
Wackenhut Press Release (July 2011) 7/9/2011
DOJ Press Release (July 2011) 7/8/2011
Complaint 10/27/2009
Law Firm Press Release 10/27/2009

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database