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Ex-Blackwater Chief Suspected of Selling Mercenary Services Abroad

© AP Photo / Gerry BroomeIn a July, 21, 2008 file photo, founder and CEO of Blackwater Worldwide Erik Prince is seen at Blackwater's offices in Moyock, N.C. Holland, Mich. native Erik Prince will be talking about his west Michigan roots at a Tulip Time Festival luncheon on Wednesday May 5, 2010
In a July, 21, 2008 file photo, founder and CEO of Blackwater Worldwide Erik Prince is seen at Blackwater's offices in Moyock, N.C. Holland, Mich. native Erik Prince will be talking about his west Michigan roots at a Tulip Time Festival luncheon on Wednesday May 5, 2010 - Sputnik International
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Private security services firm Blackwater founder Erik Prince is under investigation by the US Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military services to foreign governments and possible money laundering, according to an investigative report.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US federal law enforcement agencies are investigating Blackwater founder Erik Prince for peddling mercenaries to foreign governments, among other crimes, The Intercept said in an investigative report published on Thursday.

"Erik Prince, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater… is under investigation by the US Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military services to foreign governments and possible money laundering," the report stated.

Blackwater, now called Academi, is a private security services firm that gained notoriety in 2007 after its employees gunned down 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad while under contract by the US government during the Iraq War.

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US federal agents started investigating Prince, according to the report, after he went into business with China’s largest state-owned investment firm in 2014 and founded the Hong Kong-based Frontier Services Group.

"What began as an investigation into Prince’s attempts to sell defense services in Libya and other countries in Africa has widened to a probe of allegations that Prince received assistance from Chinese intelligence to set up an account for his Libya operations through the Bank of China," the report noted.

The former Blackwater chief, via his attorney, denied the charges and said he was unaware of a federal probe while the Justice Department, for its part, refused to comment, the report added.

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