URS E & C Holdings Inc., a successor in interest to the global design and construction companyWashington Group International Inc. (WGI), agreed to pay $9 million to settle allegations that WGI submitted false claims in connection with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contracts. Specifically, the settlement concerns USAID-funded contracts for the construction of water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Egypt in the 1990s. The contracts were awarded to a joint venture partnership between WGI, Contrack International Inc. and Misr Sons Development S.A.E., an Egyptian company. The government alleged the joint venture partners concealed from USAID that Contrack and Misr Sons were partners in the venture, thus preventing USAID from evaluating their qualifications and eligibility, which was a precondition to contract award. The government previously settled with Contrack and is continuing to pursue its claims against Misr Sons. DOJ
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