Halliburton and KBR failed Tuesday to have the U.S. Supreme Court kill a claim that it billed for bogus Iraq military-base services during wartime.

Benjamin Carter, a former employee of KBR’s reverse-osmosis water-purification unit (ROWPU) in Iraq, is the relator of the False Claims Act claims against the military contractors. KBR had been known as Kellogg Brown & Root when it was a Halliburton subsidiary.

Carter accused the companies of having billed the U.S. government for water-purification services on military bases in Iraq that they never performed.

He said Halliburton and KBR “knowingly made, used or cause to be made or used, false records or statements to get false or fraudulent claims paid or approved by the government.”

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