The agreement, filed in United States District Court in New Bern, N.C., covers unauthorized sales of satellite phones in Sudan; unauthorized military training provided to foreign governments, including Canada’s; illegal possession of automatic weapons; and other violations, the Justice Department said.
The sales and training in question took place from 2005 to 2008 and did not have the authorization of the Treasury and State Departments, as required by law, prosecutors said. The company, now called Academi LLC, acknowledged “responsibility for the conduct” in signing what is known as a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department.
The agreement means the company will not face prosecution on 17 counts as long as it meets auditing requirements and complies with export restrictions.
Two years ago Blackwater, which also used the name Xe Services LLC, reached a $42 million settlement with the State Department for similar allegations.
“This company clearly violated U.S. laws by exporting sensitive technical data and unauthorized defense services to a host of countries around the world,” Brock Nicholson, special agent in charge of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations in North Carolina and two other states, said in a written statement.
The company was once based in North Carolina and still has a large training center there.
As a military contractor for the United States government in Iraq, Blackwater was a target of intense international scrutiny. In 2004, four of its security guards were ambushed and killed, and two of their bodies were hung from a bridge in Falluja. In 2007, 17 Iraqi civilians were killed when Blackwater guards opened fire in Nisour Square in Baghdad.R Soft Web Hosting