The former president of Blackwater Worldwide and four other former officials at the embattled security firm were indicted today on federal weapons charges, partially the result of a raid 2 years ago by agents that rounded up 22 weapons, including AK-47s. The indictment charges Gary Jackson, who left the company last year in a management shakeup, with conspiracy to violate firearms laws, false statements, and possession of an unregistered firearm.
The charges open a new front of the government's oversight of the sullied security company. Several of its contractors have been charged with federal crimes for their actions in war zones, but executives have so far weathered a range of investigations. The company, now called Xe Services, has been trying to rehabilitate its image since a 2007 shooting in Baghdad left 17 people dead, outraged the Iraqi government, and led to a federal charges against several Blackwater guards—accusations later thrown out of court after a judge found prosecutors mishandled evidence.