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WATCH THIS SPACE: DOJ and DOE Call Out Lockheed Martin for Self-Dealing at Hanford Plutonium Site

Posted  02/15/19
By Jessica T. Moore
The nation’s largest toxic cleanup site has suffered another setback, this time not in the cleanup itself but in alleged self-dealing, corruption, kickbacks, and lies, costing taxpayers over $60M, according to a complaint filed by DOJ against Mission Support Alliance, Lockheed Martin Services (and a subsidiary), and Jorge Francisco Armijo. The Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state made plutonium for...

January 28, 2019

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation (NGSC) will pay $5.2 million to resolve allegations of False Claims Act liability for fraudulently billing labor under a contract with the United States Postal Service. NGSC, a provider of information and technology services, entered into an Enterprise Technology Services Contract with USPS, and allegedly billed work by personnel who lacked the experience and the education required under the contract. DOJ

January 28, 2019

Universal Concrete Products Corporation, which subcontracted to provide precast concrete for the Dulles Metrorail Project, and its principal Donald Faust, Jr., will pay $1 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that the company falsified test records to make it appear that concrete panels met the general contractor’s standards when they did not.  In 2018, a UCP quality control employee pleaded guilty in related charges.  The government’s investigation began with a qui tam case filed by an unidentified whistleblowerUSAO EDVA

Top Ten Federal False Claims Act Recoveries of 2018

Posted  01/28/19
The federal False Claims Act, under which whistleblowers can bring claims to report fraud and misconduct in government contracts and programs, is the foundation of the Department of Justice's fraud recovery and the U.S. whistleblower reward system.  In 2018, the U.S. recovered over $2 billion from defendants who sought to cheat the system. The top FCA settlements for calendar year 2018, based on the amount of the...

January 24, 2019

Mississippi recovered $26.6 million in settlements with private prison and correctional services contractors including for-profit correctional facilities operators Management and Training Corporation ($5.2 million) and Cornell Companies, Inc., now part of GEO Group ($4.6 million), correctional healthcare provider Wexford Health Sources, Inc. ($4 million); commissary management company Keefe Commissary Network, LLC ($3.1 million), and construction company C. N. W. Construction Company ($3.1 million).  The state's lawsuits against the companies alleged that they used "consultants" as conduits to pay bribes and kickbacks to a commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Christopher Epps.  MS

December 21, 2018

Vielka Maritza McFarlane, the founder and former CEO of Celerity Educational Group, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that owned and operated charter schools, has agreed to plead guilty for misappropriating public funds and falsely certifying that Celerity was complying with applicable rules and regulations.  McFarlane admitted that she directed approximately $2.5 million in public funds, including funds from the U.S. Department of Education, to improper uses.  USAO CD Cal

December 21, 2018

The construction company of F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC will pay $2 million to settle allegations under the Illinois False Claims Act that it evaded requirements that it meet participation levels for certified small/minority/women-owned businesses on two contracts with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.  FHP was alleged to have falsely represented that a minority-owned business, Vargas Mechanical, Inc., would perform the work, in order to secure the contracts.  IL AG

December 19, 2018

Arvco Container Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan, will pay $400,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by performing 100% of the manufacturing work on a contract that had been awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency to Fibre Technologies LLC in Reading, Pennsylvania, subject to a HUBZone small business program that barred Fibre from subcontracting the entire manufacturing.  USAO MD Pa

December 17, 2018

Progressive Technology Federal Systems, Inc. and its CEO, John Yokley, have agreed to pay $110,000 to resolve allegations under the federal False Claims Act that they misrepresented a consultant's security clearance and failed to disclose a conflict of interest in bidding to perform IT work for the Army and Air Force.  PTFS bid on the contract through the cooperative purchasing program of the National Institutes of Health’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, NITAAC, which enables federal agencies to contract for information technology services. USAO CO

December 4, 2018

The New York law firm of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., and two firms affiliated with it, have agreed to settle a False Claims Act action alleging that in performing legal work including foreclosure and eviction services for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Veterans Administration, the entities submitted bills for costs that were not actual, reasonable, and necessary.  Instead, the false claims for payment included improper mark-ups and other unauthorized charges.  Defendants will pay a total of $6.1 million to the United States, and have agreed to implement a compliance program.  The case was originally brought by whistleblower Peter D. Grubea.  USAO SDNY
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