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$10 Million Fine for|Overbilling the Pentagon

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - An Arizona company will pay $9.8 million to settle charges it overbilled the Pentagon for tracking shipments to U.S. military bases in Afghanistan, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

APL Ltd., a Scottsdale-based subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines, got a Defense Department contract to track shipping containers with GPS devices. It billed the Pentagon without attaching the devices to every container, and though it knew that some devices failed completely or failed to transmit data, the Justice Department said.

APL agreed to pay the money without admitting liability for False Claims Act violations.

APL has been shipping cargo on the high seas since the California Gold Rush, the company says on its website. It reported "revenue" of $1.3 billion in the second quarter of the 2015 financial year.

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