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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

June 12, 2020

A major Virginia-based defense contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), has paid $5.98 million to settle claims arising from a self-disclosure that it violated the False Claims Act on a contract to provide IT support to the U.S. Army.  According to SAIC, employees working on newer projects that were not yet funded had billed their time to older projects that were funded.  When funding became available on the newer projects, employees working on the older projects then billed their time to the newer project.  USAO SDCA

Integra Med Analytics Loses Battle to Establish New Breed of Corporate Whistleblower Outsiders, Write Mary Inman and Max Voldman in RACMonitor

Posted  06/10/20
attorney headshots of Mary Inman and Max Voldman
Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys Mary Inman and Max Voldman updated their earlier reporting in RAC Monitor regarding the False Claims Act case brought by Integra Med Analytics against Texas-based hospital chain Baylor Scott & White.  At the end of May, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas district court opinion dismissing the case. As we have earlier written, Integra alleged that the...

June 10, 2020

A South Korean engineering company has been ordered to pay $68 million in criminal fines, civil penalties, and restitution after pleading guilty to defrauding the U.S. Army in a 2008 contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  According to the press release, SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (SK) submitted documents to the Army that were doctored to conceal $2.6 million in payments to a fake construction company that had bribed an Army Corps of Engineers official on SK’s behalf.  The company also took steps to hamper investigations by U.S. and Korean officials by withholding and destroying relevant documents, attempting to tamper with a potential witness, and failing to properly discipline the employees involved with the bribery scheme.  SK was suspended from participating in certain contracts with the U.S. government in 2017; with this plea agreement, it will undergo another three years of probation.  DOJ

Increased Federal Funds, Incentives, and Requirements for Nursing Homes Brings Worrisome Opportunities for Fraud

Posted  06/5/20
By Jessica T. Moore
wheelchair in the hospital lobby
The pandemic has exposed the razor thin margin for error by which our most vulnerable are cared for in nursing homes. New aggregate federal data reveal the appalling toll on facility residents and staff: over 31,700 deaths as of June 4, 2020 (an undercounted 1/3 of all US COVID-19 deaths), according to the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare.  Responsive federal funding for nursing homes, requirements for...

June 5, 2020

Alaska Neurology Center LLC and its owner, Franklin Ellenson, M.D., have agreed to pay $2 million and enter into a three-year Integrity Agreement to resolve allegations of submitting false claims to federal healthcare programs between 2013 to 2­018.  A whistleblower complaint revealed the defendants had engaged in a bevy of fraudulent billing schemes, including using false dates to bypass caps in reimbursement, billing for services provided by unqualified personnel, billing for non-reimbursable services, using multiple billing codes for procedures covered by a single code, using false names for providers, and resubmitting already rejected claims using false service or diagnosis information.  The whistleblower in this case will receive a relator’s share of $380,000.  USAO AK

Protests Turn a Glaring Spotlight on the Big Business of Outfitting the Police

Posted  06/4/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
local police badges scattered around
The groundswell of protest against police brutality after George Floyd’s murder has rightly turned the world’s attention to the harsh tactics employed by police departments and the racist biases in how those tactics are applied.  Shocking images have emerged from around the U.S. of police officers ready to respond to protesters, outfitted like military, looking like they are going into battle.  How did we get...

Fraudsters Beware: Flurry of Recent Actions in Enforcement Show that Contracting Fraud is a Priority

Posted  06/3/20
Business sign saying "Come In We're Open" in white on blue background
Four recent state and federal actions indicate that government contracting fraud cases are in the spotlight. These actions all stemmed from alleged violations of laws that give certain businesses, such as, small, minority-owned, or veteran-owned businesses, advantages in obtaining government contracts. These contracts are often called “preference” or “set-aside” contracts and the goal of these laws is to...

June 2, 2020

An Oklahoma-based contractor and its corporate affiliates have agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle allegations of violating the False Claims Act in connection with federal contracts intended for disadvantaged small businesses.  In order to qualify as a small business, the Ross Group Construction Corporation created two companies, PentaCon LLC and C3 LLC, to bid on and obtain the contracts and falsely represented to the Small Business Administration the full extent of their affiliation.  The scheme was eventually revealed in qui tam case filed by Southwind Construction Services, LLC; the company will receive a relator’s share of approximately $520,000.  DOJ; USAO WDOK

June 1, 2020

Mississippi Department of Health Services (MDHS) has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve allegations of submitting false quality control data to the USDA’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to receive performance bonuses.  The United States previously settled with five other state agencies, as well as with a consultant involved with all of the cases, Julie Osnes Consulting, LLC.  The settlement with MDHS brings the total amount recovered to $41 million.  DOJ; USAO EDWA
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