State IG’s brother quits Blackwater

Saturday November 17, 2007 12:31 AM

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP)- The brother of embattled State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard quit as an adviser to Blackwater Worldwide on Friday, two days after the relationship with the security contractor was sharply criticized by a congressional oversight committee.

Erik Prince, Blackwater’s top executive, said the conflict of interest questions raised by the connection prompted Alvin “Buzzy” Krongard to submit his resignation.

“I have reluctantly accepted it,” Prince said in a statement.

Alvin Krongard never received any payment for his work on Blackwater’s advisory board, which only met once, Prince said.

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