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Swiss-Based Commodities Trading Company Pays $661 Million for FCPA Violations

Posted  03/4/24
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Last Friday (March 1), the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Swiss-based international commodities trading company Gunvor S.A. pleaded guilty and agreed to pay roughly $661 million to settle charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  The DOJ's action stemmed from Gunvor's scheme to bribe Ecuadorean officials to secure business with Ecuador’s state-owned oil company Petroecuador. The...

DOJ Releases False Claims Act Results for 2023

Posted  03/1/24
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) just released its False Claims Act results for 2023.  By all accounts, it was another big year for the government's primary fraud-fighting tool.  The top-line numbers are roughly $2.7 billion in total recoveries from 543 settlements and judgments, the highest number of settlements and judgments in a single year.  This brings the total tally of False Claims Act recoveries to more than...

Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries for 2023

Posted  01/30/24
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It was another big year for DOJ enforcement under the False Claims Act, the government's primary fraud-fighting tool.  As usual, most of the recoveries were in the healthcare space with seven of the Top Ten recoveries involving various schemes to defraud Medicare and Medicaid.  See our Top Ten FCA and Top Ten Healthcare FCA listings. While healthcare recoveries dominated the Top Ten, two of the top five...

Tactical Gear Company Settles $2.1 Million False Claims Act Allegations

Posted  11/22/23
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The U.S Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Ohio has announced that London Bridge Trading Company, Ltd. (LBT), a Virginia headquartered manufacturer of tactical gear for military, law enforcement, and other organizations, has agreed to pay nearly $2.1 million to settle False Claims Act allegations.  The case, initiated by qui tam relator Ann Keating, involves accusations that LBT failed to comply with the...

Catch of the Week: The Boeing Company

Posted  10/2/23
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This week's Department of Justice (DOJ) Catch of the Week goes to the Boeing Company.  Yesterday (September 28), DOJ announced the Virginia-based aircraft maker agreed to pay $8.1 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act in connection with its Navy contracts to manufacture the V-22 Osprey military aircraft. According to the government, for more than ten years Boeing violated contractual...

September 5, 2023

Verizon Business Network Services LLC has agreed to pay over $4 million in connection with its Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service (MTIPS), which provides federal agencies with secure connections to the internet.  The company self-disclosed that its MTIPS service failed to comply with General Services Administration (GSA) contracts because it didn’t satisfy required cybersecurity protocols.  DOJ

Military Contractors Get Prison Sentence for Bid Rigging Scheme

Posted  08/30/23
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Two military contractors were recently sentenced to prison time for bid-rigging violations, which the government said involved more than $17 million in government dollars, according to a DOJ press release.  This is the latest in the broader crackdown by the DOJ’s “Procurement Collusion Strike Force,” a joint effort to combat antitrust violations and government fraud. Bid rigging is when two or more...

In Service of Justice – The Importance of Whistleblowers

Posted  08/30/23
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Whistleblowing takes courage.  Whistleblower matters also require patience to file and wait, often several years, to see if the government will intervene and then pursue a matter.  There is rarely much transparency, so the whistleblower remains somewhat in the dark and can feel a lack of control.  Retaliation for speaking up in the workplace is a significant concern. Yet the interests of justice are served by those...

Catch of the Week: Booz Allen Hamilton

Posted  07/24/23
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This week's catch of the week goes to Virginia-based military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation.  On Friday (July 21), the company agreed to pay the United States a whopping $377 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by billing the government for costs unrelated to its government contracts. Government contractors may only charge the government for costs directly related to a...

After 12 Years of Litigation, Constantine Cannon Settles the Largest Iraq War Fraud Case Ever

Posted  07/6/23
In the largest settlement of a case alleging fraud during the Iraq War, KBR Services has agreed to pay $108.75 million to resolve a whistleblower case brought by two Constantine Cannon clients under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The settlement followed 12 years of litigation, during which KBR and its lawyers fought every step of the way. While the size and scope alone make the settlement...
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