L-3 Communications Corporation and its affiliated entities Vertex Aerospace LLC and L-3 Communications Integrated Systems LP agreed to pay $4.63 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by inflating labor hours for time spent by independent contractors at the military’s Continental US Replacement Centers (CRCs) in Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Bliss, Texas. According to the government, L-3 knowingly overcharged the government for time their independent contractors spent at the CRCs by billing for each individual not based on the actual time that individual spent at the CRC, but based instead on the earliest arrival or latest departure time of any other individual who also processed through the center that same day. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former L-3 independent contractor Robert A. Martin under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Mr. Martin will receive a whistleblower award of $798,675. Whistleblower Insider
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