Records for $475 million in fuel purchases for the Afghan National Army have been shredded, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
Reuters reported that the U.S.-led NATO command that is training the Afghan army shredded the documents and was also unable to provide over half the documents the SIGAR office requested for its audit. In addition, "The training command has also not been tracking whether the fuel it delivers to the Afghan army is actually used or stored, leaving officials unable to determine whether any of it was stolen."
The lack of controls on the fuel and related documents present an opportunity for significant fraud, waste and abuse, which has already plagued the reconstruction effort.
SIGAR has also referred the case to their Investigations Directorate, according to a SIGAR letter, which could lead to a civil or criminal investigation.
Andre Francisco is an online producer for the Project On Government Oversight. Image from Flickr user willsfca.