UK defence contractor billed US more than $50m in expenses

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Expenses included luxury cars and salaries paid to ‘significant others’ of company’s top executives, according to Pentagon

A British company hired to help train Afghan intelligence officers billed the US government for more than $50m (£38.4m) in expenses that included luxury cars and salaries paid to the “significant others” of the company’s top executives, according to a Pentagon audit.

New Century Consulting (NCC) also spent $42,000 on automatic weapons, using cash to get around a prohibition in the contract on purchasing the firearms and showered other personnel with hefty pay and bonuses. Missouri senator Claire McCaskill summarised the audit’s major findings in a letter to the US defence secretary, Jim Mattis, which she released on Wednesday.

Related: US plan to improve Afghan intelligence operations branded a $457m failure

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