NASA Audit: Google Founders Received Jet-Fuel Discount

A company owned by top Google Inc. executives received an unwarranted discount worth $3.3 million to $5.3 million on jet fuel purchased over a six-year period from the federal government for their fleet of private jets, according to a new inspector general audit released Wednesday.

The audit, by NASA Inspector General Paul Martin, called on NASA to explore whether to recoup the money from H211 Inc., a private company that operates aircraft owned by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, along with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.

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