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Government Procurement Fraud

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Listen to James Glenn, Cybersecurity Whistleblower and Constantine Cannon Client, on Tech & Main Podcast

Posted  05/10/21
Cybersecurity whistleblower James Glenn and Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorney Mike Ronickher spoke to the Tech & Main cybersecurity podcast about the experience Glenn had discovering and reporting a security flaw in Cisco’s Video Surveillance Manager software.  Glenn, who was represented by Constantine Cannon, brought a whistleblower lawsuit that resulted in the first government recovery under the False...

April 29, 2021

California-based Tungsten Heavy Powder, Inc. (THP) has agreed to pay over $5.6 million to resolve a qui tam lawsuit by former employee Gregory Caputo and Global Tungsten & Powders Corporation.  In violation of the False Claims Act, THP allegedly falsely certified that certain defense articles procured by the Israeli government and financed by U.S. grant funds were sourced from and manufactured in the United States, when instead they were sourced from China and manufactured in Mexico.  For bringing the lawsuit, Caputo will receive a 17% share of the settlement proceeds.  USAO SDCA

April 20, 2021

A construction firm in California that allegedly violated federal contracting rules has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve civil and criminal charges relating to the misconduct.  In order to qualify for contracts set aside for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), the owners of Stronghold Engineering, Inc. (SEI) colluded with Kadena Pacific, Inc. (KPI)—owned by a qualifying veteran and the father of SEI owner Beverly Bailey—to obtain fourteen contracts from the VA that were intended for SDVOSBs.  USAO CDCA

As COVID-19 Stimulus Funds Flow, DOJ Puts Fraudsters on Notice and Calls Whistleblowers “Essential”

Posted  04/2/21
On March 11th, President Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a sweeping economic stimulus plan that will pump $1.9 trillion into the US economy. In addition to direct relief to Americans, ARPA includes record-setting government spending in numerous areas to speed recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. As we have previously written,...

Whistleblower Champion Chuck Grassley Pushes for Further Strengthening of False Claims Act (Again)

Posted  03/26/21
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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) already is celebrated as the modern-day champion of the False Claims Act.  This is the government's main fraud-fighting tool, which empowers whistleblowers to act as private attorneys general and sue on the government's behalf over fraud in government contracts and programs.  In successful cases, it rewards these whistleblowers with between 15% and 30% of the government's...

Corruption in humanitarian relief and development programs: How to report USAID fraud

Posted  03/25/21
Late last week, the Department of Justice announced that the International Rescue Committee had agreed to pay $6.9 million to settle allegations that it had participated in a scheme to rig contract bids and then passed on inflated costs to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  IRC, a New York-based humanitarian relief organization, received funding from USAID to provide humanitarian...

March 19, 2021

Humanitarian organization the International Rescue Committee, which contracted with USAID to provide humanitarian assistance for internally-displaced persons in Syria, will pay $6.9 million in a settlement resolving claims under the False Claims Act. The settlement followed an investigation by the USAID OIG into an alleged kickback and bid-rigging scheme involving IRC’s acquisition of goods and services between 2012 and 2015, which resulted in USAID paying inflated prices.  USAO DC

The False Claims Act: It Benefits More than Just the Government

Posted  03/5/21
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The False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law, encourages private individuals, such as whistleblowers, to come forward and file suit against unscrupulous government contractors, and share in the government's recovery. The passage of the law was inspired by contractors selling the Union Army bags of sand as flour, lame mules as cavalry horses, and glued-together rags as uniforms. The main purpose of the law is, of...

DOJ Previews False Claims Act Enforcement Priorities for 2021

Posted  03/5/21
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The False Claims Act is the federal government's primary enforcement tool to combat fraud against the public.  Every year the government recovers billions of dollars under the statute, primarily with the help of whistleblowers.  Under the so-called qui tam provisions of the act, whistleblowers are authorized to act as private attorneys general and bring lawsuits on behalf of the government and recover a portion of...

Arizona Software Glitch Keeps Prisoners Incarcerated, Until the Whistleblowers Showed Up

Posted  03/5/21
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In a story straight out of a dystopian novel, a faulty computer system has kept Arizona prisoners locked up beyond their release date.  A government contractor, Business & Decision, North America, built a system that is supposed to calculate each person’s release date.  In exchange, the contractor received $24 million from the state.  The system, however, didn’t work, leaving hundreds of people behind bars who...
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