Government contractor Paige Industrial Services, Inc. agreed to pay between $450,000 and $675,000 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims falsely certifying it had complied with the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires the payment of certain prevailing wages and fringe benefits to employees working under a government contract. The work involved construction and maintenance services at the National Institute of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. The unidentified whistleblower will receive a yet-to-be-determine whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. In a related parallel criminal proceeding, Luis Alonso Valle, owner of the Paige subcontractor construction company Valle Services, LLC., pleaded guilty to an illegal pattern and practice of hiring unauthorized aliens. DOJ(MD)
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