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June 2, 2022

Aerospace company Numet Machining Techniques, LLC and related entities have agreed to pay $5.2 million after voluntarily disclosing to the government that Numet, which had certified itself as a small business concern, had affiliations with other businesses that, the government alleged, made it ineligible for 22 small business set-aside contracts that it had been awarded during the relevant time period.  USAO CT

May 25, 2022

Textile manufacturer HEYtex USA will pay $3 million to resolve an action brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act alleging that the company knowingly supplied fabrics to the U.S. military that failed to meet contract specifications, and falsely certified that its military-grade fabrics met specifications when, in fact, they had failed to pass required testing.  The whistleblower first reported the falsified test results to company management, but was initially ignored.  USAO WD Va

May 18, 2022

Seven companies in South Korea have agreed to a joint settlement of $3.1 million to resolve allegations that they conspired to suppress and eliminate competition in bidding on 15 contracts for construction and engineering work on U.S. military bases in South Korea awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 2016 and 2019.  The government alleged that as a result of the bid-rigging by the companies, Korea Engineering Consultants Corporation, Yul Lim Construction Co. Ltd., Shin Woo Construction & Industrial Co. Ltd., Seongbo Const. Ind. Co. Ltd., Wooseok Construction Co. Ltd., Yuil Engineering and Construction Co., and Seokwang Development Co. Ltd., the government paid substantially more for services performed under the contracts than it otherwise would have.  DOJ

May 13, 2022

Hensel Phelps Construction Company has agreed to pay $2.8 million to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act in connection with a federal subcontract designated for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB).  Under a 2011 contract with the General Services Administration to construct a building in Washington, D.C., Hensel Phelps was required to set aside subcontracts for SDVOSBs and other small businesses.  According to qui tam plaintiff Fox Unlimited Enterprises, LLP, the company instead made arrangements with another large business to provide equipment and installation services, and used a SDVOSB in name only.  USAO NDNY, USAO EDWA

April 29, 2022

KCF Technologies, Inc., will pay the United States $1,226,436.14 for False Claims Act violations. KCF engaged in procurement fraud by billing labor time spent on commercial contracts improperly to DOD contracts it had with the Department of the Navy and the Department of the Army between 2016 and 2019. MDPA

April 25, 2022

David H. Wright, former general manager of the LA Department of Water and Power, will spend 72 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of bribery. Wright accepted bribes from a lawyer to secure a $30 million no-bid contract for the lawyer’s company, Aventador Utility Services LLC, and thereafter accepted the position of CEO after he retired from LADWP. While still in his official capacity at LADWP, he lobbied the board to vote in favor of Aventador’s contract. CDCA

March 25, 2022

A Department of Energy contractor that applied for and received a $1.3 million Paycheck Protection Program loan has, together with its owners, agreed to pay nearly $3 million in restitution and penalties to resolve their liability under the False Claims Act.  HPM Corporation and owners Holly and Grover Cleveland Mooers admitted that they submitted materially false statements to the Small Business Administration in order to obtain the loan and induce a forgiveness of the loan.  However, instead of using the funds on payroll, as they had represented, they transferred the entire amount to their personal account.  USAO EDWA

March 21, 2022

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has agreed to pay $5.3 million to resolve its potential liability under the False Claims Act.  Under a contract with USPS to deliver mail for various Department of Defense and State Department locations domestically and internationally, UPS was required to submit confirmation of delivery and delivery times to USPS.  However, the company allegedly reported false information.  DOJ

March 17, 2022

Reveal Global Consulting, LLC has agreed to pay $820,000 to resolve allegations of improperly billing the Defense Intelligence Agency.  Per contract terms, Reveal was only supposed to bill for time and materials expended to fulfill contractual obligations; however, the firm allegedly continued to bill the standard amount even for months when fewer than promised employees were devoted to the contract.  Additionally, Reveal allegedly submitted bills with inflated and misstated work by subcontractors, and bills for work by employees who had already left the company.  USAO EDPA

March 14, 2022

Freight carriers YRC Freight Inc., Roadway Express Inc., and Yellow Transportation Inc. will pay $6.85 million to resolve government claims that they knowingly overcharged the Department of Defense on military freight shipments.  Whistleblower James Hannum, a Yellow Transportation employee, filed a qui tam action alleging that the companies had a practice of re-weighing shipments and, when the reweighs showed an increase from the original weight, defendants charged DOD for these higher weights, but when the reweighs showed a decrease from the original weight, defendants allegedly concealed the lower weight and instead charged DOD for the original, inflated weights.  Hannum will receive a whistleblower award of approximately $1.3 millionDOJ
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