Arizona-based ocean carrier APL Limited, a wholly-owned American subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines Limited, agreed to pay $9.8 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act in connection with a Department of Defense contract to provide GPS tracking of shipping containers in Afghanistan. The government contract required APL to affix a satellite tracking device to each shipping container transported from Karachi, Pakistan to U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. According to the government, APL billed the DOD for tracking services despite knowing that the tracking devices completely or partially failed to transmit data, or were not affixed to shipping containers. DOJ
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