Massachusetts-based research and development company Agiltron, Inc. and its president, Jing Zhao, agreed to pay $2.25 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by seeking disbursements from federal agencies for falsified labor costs in order to maximize charges to grants and contracts awarded by federal agencies. Agiltron received funds under 15 grants and contracts awarded through the federal Small Business Innovation and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. According to the government, Agiltron and Zhao engaged in a scheme in which they directed employees to charge labor hours to the awards that did not correspond with their actual time and effort, to alter their completed timesheets, and to discard or destroy documents. DOJ (DMA)
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