Whistleblowers often bring successful cases based on fraud in government contracting, sometimes known as “procurement fraud.” Federal and state governments purchase goods and services ranging from weapons systems to computer consulting to uniforms, under a variety of procurement and government contracting rules and systems. Fraud is committed by those who sell goods and provide services to the government in many different industries and through many different schemes and structures.
Fraud may be perpetrated by various actors in a variety of settings, including:
Infrastructure, public works, and transportation projects
Information technology companies, including hardware manufacturers, software developers, and database companies.
Correctional services industry, including private prison companies and others who contract to provide services to correctional and detention facilities.
Subcontracting — subcontractors can be liable for defrauding the government even though they do not contract directly with the government
Varieties of fraud found in government contracting include:
Fraudulently providing products or services that do not match the contract or regulatory specifications or products that have failed or not been through required quality assurance and testing procedures.
These are just some examples of ways that contractors defraud the government. If the federal government is the contracting party, then a whistleblower may bring a claim under the federal False Claims Act. If state or local money is at issue, many states have a state False Claims Act under which a whistleblower may bring a claim. A False Claims Act case can even be brought by a competitor. Without insiders and whistleblowers exposing fraud in government contracts, most would go undetected. If you would like more information, or would like to speak to a member of the Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower lawyer team, please Contact us for a Confidential Consultation.