March 12, 2018
Virginia-based trucking company Beam Bros. Trucking Inc.
and its principals Gerald and Garland Beam agreed to pay roughly $1 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act through the company's overcharging the U.S. Postal Service on contracts to transport mail. According to the government, Beam Bros. misused government Voyager Cards, provided by USPS to purchase fuel, to purchase fuel on contracts that did not allow for their use, resulting in inflated charges. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit
filed under the qui tam
provisions of the False Claims Act by former Beam Bros. employee Bobby Blizzard
. He will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ