England-based Hesco Bastion Limited agreed to pay $2.1 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by overcharging the government on the international transportation of blast walls Hesco manufactured and sold to the U.S. government. Hesco contracted with the Department of Defense to provide blast walls, also known as Concertainer Units, and to ship them from England to a U.S. military base in Germany. According to the government, Hesco charged the government a fixed price of £650 per truckload, while paying its transportation subcontractor less than £650 per truckload, which the government contends violated the parties’ contracts. The government further alleged that Hesco knowingly provided the government false information concerning the amount that Hesco had been paying to its transportation subcontractor and that Hesco misled the government by submitting 47 false invoices that were made to appear to be authentic invoices from the transportation subcontractor. DOJ (EDPA)
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