Supreme Foodservice pleaded guilty to violating the False Claims Act by overcharging the government on a contract to provide food and water to the US troops in Afghanistan. The company paid $288M in the criminal case. In addition, Supreme Group B.V. and several of its subsidiaries agreed to pay an additional $146M million to resolve a related civil lawsuit alleging false billings to the Department of Defense (DoD) for fuel and transporting cargo to American soldiers in Afghanistan. Some of the charges originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Michael Epp, Supreme’s former Director, Commercial Division and Supply Chain. Epp will receive a whistleblower award of $16.2M. DOJ
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