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Contract Non-Compliance

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August 2, 2022

VE Source LLC and its owners, Sherman Barton and Christopher Neary, as well as a related entity, Vertical Source LLC, have together agreed to pay nearly $8 million to resolve claims of violating the False Claims Act.  VE Source had fraudulently obtained more than $16.5 million in contracts with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) that were set aside for businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, which it was not.  USAO NJ

July 1, 2022

Air France and KLM Airlines have agreed to pay $3.9 million to resolve their liability under the False Claims Act.  Under contracts with USPS, the airlines were required to submit scans showing when mail was transferred from their possession, but they submitted scans that falsely reported delivery times.  DOJ

June 30, 2022

Delta Airlines has agreed to pay $10.5 million to resolve allegations that it falsely reported mail delivery times under a contract with USPS in order to avoid penalties for mail delivered late or to the wrong location.  The settlement resolves Delta’s liability under the False Claims Act.  DOJ

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

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 8, 2022

Comprehensive Health Services LLC (CHS), a Florida-based contractor that provides medical services at government facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, has agreed to pay $930,000 to resolve claims under the False Claims Act.  According to two separate qui tam cases filed in the Eastern District of New York, CHS falsely certified to the State Department and Air Force that it had complied with contractual cybersecurity requirements when, in fact, it had failed to to properly store patient medical records on a secure electronic medical record system, and had falsely represented that it used approved medical supplies when, in fact, it had relied on unapproved controlled substances from foreign sources.  DOJ; USAO EDNY; USAO MDFL

February 11, 2022

Transportation company Academy Bus, LLC, together with related entities and individuals, will pay $20.5 million to resolve claims brought in a whistleblower lawsuit under New Jersey’s False Claims Act that the defendants defrauded New Jersey Transit, for whom defendants operated bus routes.  Defendants were paid by NJ Transit based, in part, on miles and hours driven, with deductions for missed bus trips; they were alleged to have over-reported miles and hours driven, and underreported their missed bus trips to the state.  The settlement also required Academy to implement specific compliance procedures.  The whistleblower, former Academy employee Hector Peralta, will receive an award totaling $3.9 millionNJ

January 12, 2022

Idaho-based Native American Services Corp. (NASCO) and Texas-based Mirador Enterprises, Inc. (Mirador) have agreed to pay $750,000 and $400,000 respectively, for a combined settlement of $1.15 million, to resolve allegations of fraudulently obtaining two construction contracts at Colorado’s Fort Carson Army installation.  According to the DOJ, one contract was set aside for eligible economically and socially disadvantaged small businesses, and the other was set aside for eligible small businesses.  Although Mirador was eligible for both contracts, it allowed its mentor NASCO to take on the primary role in the performance of the contracts; both companies then took steps to conceal the fraud.  USAO CO

January 6, 2022

SoNo International LLC and Ark Capital Equipment LLC have agreed to pay $904,000 to resolve allegations of supplying the Department of Defense with shipping containers that were made in China or made of Chinese steel, in violation of contracts as well as the False Claims Act.  As part of the settlement, the two companies will also submit to enhanced training and reporting requirements pursuant to an administrative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.  An unnamed third-party company, which SoNo and Ark hired to change identifying plates on the shipping containers, has separately agreed to train employees on customs rules and regulations.  USAO EDPA
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