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KBR Bungling in Iraq Killed Her Father,|Then Company Lied to Senator, Woman Says

HOUSTON (CN) - Kellogg, Brown and Root failed to inform a contract truck driver in Iraq of the protocol for approaching a U.S. military base, causing a guard at Camp Anaconda to kill him with a machinegun, his daughter says. "A KBR representative traveled to Owosso, Michigan and falsely informed Kristen Martin that her father, Donald Tolfree, was killed by an insurgent's road-side bomb," Martin claims in Federal Court, adding that KBR repeated the lie to Sen. Carl Levin.

As Tolfree and another driver trailed a convoy they received a radio communication telling them to turn around, but KBR's commander did not notify troops at Camp Anaconda of their return or provide them with the required escort, Martin says.

"The guards at the north gate of Camp Anaconda applied the protocol for dealing with unanticipated/unescorted vehicles approaching the camp," and shot Tolfree to death with a 50-caliber machinegun, according to the complaint. It was Feb. 5, 2007, less than two months after Tolfree accepted the job offer from KBR, which promised him "100% safety and the fact that he would be protected by the United States military at all times during his employment in Iraq."

The complaint adds: "On January 10, 2008, almost a year after the death of Donald Tolfree, KBR defendants continued to misrepresent and misleadingly omit the true circumstances of Donald Tolfree's death to plaintiff and to Sen. Carl Levin, who had inquired about the incident on behalf of plaintiff Kristen Martin."

Martin demands punitive damages from KBR and Halliburton. She is represented by Guy Watts of Austin.

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