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June 29, 2023

Posted  June 29, 2023

Vantage Systems Inc. will receive $1.35 million for blowing the whistle on HX5 LLC, its owner and CEO Margarita Howard, and HX5 Sierra LLC for defrauding the SBA’s 8(a) business development program. Over a seven-year period, from 2015 through 2021, HX5 violated the False Claims Act by knowingly providing false information relating to their eligibility for federal set-aside contracts meant for small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. HX5 and Howard secured 6 contracts by concealing Howard’s assets and failing to report distributions and payments to Howard’s family. DOJ

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