NASA audit finds Google execs saved on jet fuel

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 10:00 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A government report has determined a fleet of aircraft owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million.

The findings released Wednesday by NASA's Inspector General surfaced during a review of a government airfield lease for seven planes and two helicopters controlled by Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and the Internet search company's former CEO, Eric Schmidt.

The aircraft are managed through a company called H211 set up by the Google Inc. executives. H211 has been paying $1.4 million annually since 2007 to lease hangar space from NASA at a former U.S. Navy base four miles (6 1/2 kilometers) from Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters.

The report said the improper fuel discounts stopped in September.

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