April 23, 2019
Oregon-based aluminum supplier Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc.
, formerly known as Sapa Profiles Inc.
, together with its parent company, has agreed to pay $47 million
to settle criminal mail fraud charges and civil claims alleging that between 1996 and 2015, the company altered the results of tensile tests measuring the consistency and reliability of extruded aluminum, and falsified certifications about products meeting testing requirements and contract specifications. Among the customers who received products that defendants knew did not meet contract specifications were NASA and the Dept. of Defense Missile Defense Agency. The $47 million total settlement payment consists of forfeiture of $1.8 million, $34.1 million in criminal restitution to NASA, DOD, and commercial customers – $23.6 million of which is also credited to resolve civil claims under the False Claims Act – and an additional $11 million in payments to resolve civil FCA claims. Defendant entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and has been suspended as a U.S. government contractor. DOJ
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