June 16, 2020
The U.S. Navy’s leading supplier of high-yield steel for submarines, Bradken Inc.
, has agreed to pay $10.8 million
and comply with a three-year deferred prosecution agreement in order to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act through its Tacoma foundry producing and selling steel that failed to meet certain strength standards required by the Navy. In 2017, the defense contractor discovered and self-disclosed that test results for a substantial portion of its steel productions, spanning thirty years, had been improperly altered by then director of metallurgy, Elaine Thomas
, causing shipbuilders to submit false claims to the Navy. DOJ
; USAO WDWA