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October 7, 2020

J&K Contracting, Inc. will pay $350,000 to the State of Maryland to settle claims that the company violated the Maryland False Claims Act.  J&K and its principal, Kryiakos Kiotsekoglou, were alleged to have made false statements that they used and paid subcontractors certified under the state’s Minority Business Enterprise Program.  In addition to the fine, defendants have agreed to a voluntary debarment from contracting with the State.  MD

September 30, 2020

Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc., paid $1.9 million to resolve claims brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act alleging that the defendant, which received set-aside contracts under the federal government’s AbilityOne Program in exchange for agreeing to provide jobs to workers who are blind or visually impaired, misrepresented its employment of blind personnel.  In addition, company personnel allegedly accepted impermissible payments from manufacturers and improperly subcontracted work on government contracts to companies that did not generally use blind labor.  DOJ; USAO ED WI

September 22, 2020

Contractors Bechtel National Inc., Bechtel Corporation, AECOM Energy & Construction, Inc., and Waste Treatment Completion Company, LLC will pay $57.75 million to resolve claims that they violated the False Claims Act by overbilling the Department of Energy for work on the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant.  The investigation was initiated by four whistleblowers who reported overcharging by defendants on craft labor performed by electricians, millwrights, pipefitters, and other skilled trades workers, including billing for unallowable and unreasonable idle time caused by management failures in scheduling work.  The whistleblowers will receive $13.75 million from the settlement.  USAO ED WA

September 17, 2020

LexisNexis Coplogic Solutions Inc. agreed to pay $10 million to Florida, which intervened in an action brought by whistleblower Christopher Hood under the Florida False Claims Act alleging that the company was underpaying the state.  LexisNexis contracted with the state to provide motor vehicle crash reports to the public for a small fee; a portion of the fee collected by LexisNexis, $10 per report, was to be paid by the company to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  However, the whistleblower and state alleged that LexisNexis systematically understated the number of reports it sold, thereby underpaying the state.  The relator, a former employee of LexisNexis, will receive a whistleblower award of $1.8 millionFlaEarlier settlements

September 10, 2020

Asphalt contractor Dave O’Mara Contractor, Inc. will pay $4.25 million to resolve claims that in performing and billing for repaving work that was funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration, they falsely represented that they were including steel slag in the asphalt mixture when they were not in fact doing so, increasing the chance that the roads would prematurely deteriorate. DOJ; USAO SD IN

August 31, 2020

CDM Smith Inc. and CDM Federal Programs Corporation paid $5.6 million to resolve charges that they violated the False Claims Act and Truth in Negotiations Act by submitting inaccurate cost and labor hour estimates and related certifications in connection with task orders on a federal contract to supply architect-engineering services to Navy bases.  The case was initiated by an unnamed whistleblower, who will receive a share of the recovery.  USAO ED VA

August 21, 2020

Fire protection services contractor Fiore Industries Inc. will pay $1.2 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by overstating its workers’ compensation rates in submitting claims for work it preformed at NASA’s Ames Field Center, thereby overcharging the government.  Fiore’s stated workers compensation rates did not account for discounts it knew it would receive.  USAO ND Cal

August 20, 2020

Defense contractor Islands Mechanical Contractor, Inc. (IMC) has paid the United States $1.1 million to settle claims of improperly submitting equitable adjustment claims relating to a delayed facility construction project at Guantanamo Bay.  An investigation by the Defense Contract Audit Agency had found that IMC’s claims for equipment and worker standby costs were based on misrepresented information, as both the equipment and workers listed on the claims had been reallocated to other projects and were no longer on standby.  USAO MDFL

August 6, 2020

South Carolina-based consumer loan company World Acceptance Corporation has been ordered to pay $21 million to resolve allegations of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  According to the SEC, the company’s former Mexican subsidiary, WAC de Mexico S.A. de C.V., paid more than $4 million in bribes to Mexican officials from 2010 to 2017 in order to secure the ability to make loans to government employees, then recorded the payments as legitimate business expenses.  SEC
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