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Defense Contract Fraud

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Amazon Feels the Force

Posted  10/17/19
Birds-Eye-View of Pentagon Building
It’s a reoccurring joke that our government services are a little behind on technological times.  President Obama’s staff famously panicked in 2008 when confronted with the outdated state of White House technology.  Although some things have improved in the last decade, the federal government still remains slow to adapt to technological change. The Pentagon is now trying to get on board with the...

September 26, 2019

A military contractor who previously plead guilty to accepting illegal kickbacks and committing wire fraud has been sentenced to over 2 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution.  Despite being the true owner of Walsh Construction Services, LLC, James Conway concealed his ownership by signing contracts under Keith Walsh, a fictitious name.  He then used Walsh Construction to bill for $1.4 million of work the contractor purportedly performed at Picatinny Arsenal and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, as well as collect on $180,345 of kickbacks from four subcontractors.  In addition to the prison term and restitution order, Conway was sentenced to three years of supervised release.  USAO NJ

September 13, 2019

Defense contractor GS Engineering, Inc. agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations of double-billing federal defense agencies for certain data acquisition equipment. GS Engineering allegedly depreciated the equipment and both charged the government for the cost of the depreciation and leased that same equipment back to the government through a related company. The settlement required GS Engineering to enter into an agreement with the United States Army to hire and maintain a compliance program for government contracting. In addition, its president and four other companies agreed to be excluded from federal contracts for three years. DOJ

September 5, 2019

The owner of two defense contracting firms, Tico Manufacturing Inc. (TICO) and Military and Commercial Spares Inc. (MCS), has been sentenced to 3 years in prison and ordered to pay $8 million in restitution for conspiring to defraud the Department of Defense.  Between 2011 and 2015, Roger Sobrado fraudulently obtained DoD contracts by claiming that conforming parts for critical military equipment, including fighter jets and helicopters, would be supplied through authorized manufacturers.  Instead, Sobrado supplied non-conforming parts through non-authorized manufacturers, recruited family members to commit the same fraud, and collected DoD payments from his family members.  Additionally, he failed to report almost half of his taxable income for three years, causing the United States to lose a total of $509,962.  USAO NJ

September 4, 2019

Defense contractor Arkin Industries has agreed to return $2.6 million in overpayments to the Department of Defense, Air Force, and Navy, after self-disclosing that it had detecting an error in its accounting system that double-billed worker hours.  The designer, tester, and manufacturer of aircraft and helicopter parts cooperated with an independent investigation by the United States, which determined that the overbilling was accidental.  USAO EDNY

August 20, 2019

Luke Hillier, the majority owner and former CEO of defense contractor ADS, Inc., will pay $20 million to resolve claims that he caused the submission of false claims to the government by fraudulently representing that the company qualified as a small business concern eligible for federal contracts reserved for such businesses.  In 2017, ADS and another company officer paid $16 million to resolve claims from the same conduct, bringing the government's total recovery to over $36 million.  The case was initiated by a whistleblower complaint filed by Ameliorate Partners, LLP, which will receive $3.6 million of the Hillier settlement. DOJ

July 25, 2019

California-based telecommunications company Silvus Technologies, Inc., will pay $436,000 to resolve claims under the False Claims Act that the company overcharged the Air Force on three separate cost-based contracts.  The company was alleged to have included unallowable costs and improperly charged employee costs to the contracts.  The overcharges resulted from internal controls that the government described as inadequate to accurately track direct and indirect costs.  USAO N.D.N.Y.

ITT Cannon Pays $11M to Settle Whistleblower Claims of Government Contracting Fraud

Posted  07/18/19
electrical connectors scattered around
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that defense contractor ITT Cannon will pay $11 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by supplying electrical connectors to the military that had not been properly tested. The company sold the untested connectors to the government directly and through distributors and other government contractors. See DOJ Press Release. According to the...

July 16, 2019

A government contractor has agreed to pay $11 million to settle False Claims allegations of directly and indirectly supplying improperly tested electrical connectors to the U.S. military.  According to Ralph Tatgenhorst, a former regional quality manager for ITT Cannon, the company repeatedly failed to test six different models of connectors even after the government learned of the failure, and even after the company promised it would conduct remedial testing.  For coming forward with a successful qui tam case, Tatgenhorst will receive a relator’s share of $2 million.  DOJ; USAO CDCA
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