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Monday, November 14, 2005

Aircraft Parts Company pays U.S. $2.5 Million to Settle Whistleblower Case

A California aircraft parts company has paid the government $2.5 million to resolve allegations that it defrauded numerous federal agencies over a 10-year period when it failed to conduct a specified test, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Paul R. Brilles, Inc., which does business as P.B. Fasteners in Gardena, CA, paid the settlement to resolve the government’s civil fraud investigation and a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2001. The company makes a range of fasteners, similar to nuts and bolts, for military aircraft. The lawsuit alleged that the company failed to perform one particular kind of test - a magnetic particle inspection - that was required by contracts with the Pentagon. The magnetic particle inspection is designed to detect tiny cracks or gaps in the metal, which could lead to part failures in the field. Technicians at P.B. Fasteners skipped the test and falsified the paperwork provided to make it appear as though the test had been performed. None of the fasteners manufactured by P.B. Fasteners are known to have failed in the field.

The case was filed pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Michael Free and Armand Romero, two test technicians at P.B. Fasteners. Under the False Claims Act, private individuals can file suit on behalf of the government and receive up to 25 percent of the recovery when the government intervenes and takes over the case, as the government did here. In addition to the award that Free and Romero will receive, the company agreed to pay their attorney’s fees and costs.
The case was filed pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Michael Free and Armand Romero, two test technicians at P.B. Fasteners. Under the False Claims Act, private individuals can file suit on behalf of the government and receive up to 25 percent of the recovery when the government intervenes and takes over the case, as the government did here. In addition to the award that Free and Romero will receive, the company agreed to pay their attorney’s fees and costs.

Click the following link to read the full account of the whistleblower settlement.

Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 11/14 at 10:16 AM
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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Fraud Cases Resulted in More than $1.4 Billion to US Government in Past Year

A story in yesterday’s Hartford Courant reported that the federal government obtained more than $1.4 billion in settlements and judgments for fraud committed against the U.S. in fiscal 2004-05, with health care claims accounting for much of the total.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, about $1.1 billion of the total was recovered through lawsuits by so-called whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act. Individual whistleblowers were awarded $166 million under provisions of the False Claims act that say the person who filed the suit is eligible to receive as much as 25 percent of any judgment.

Click the following link for the full account of 2004-05 fraudulent claim cases.

Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 11/09 at 08:37 AM
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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Massachusetts Paving Company Charged with Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil Complaint charging P.A. Landers, Inc., a Massachusetts road construction company,
with defrauding the United States government by generating fake and inflated asphalt weight tickets on government-funded paving projects.

The complaint alleges that, from approximately August 1995 through at least March 2003, employees of P.A. Landers generated fake and inflated asphalt weight tickets on paving projects for the Massachusetts Highway Department (MHD) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which received federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The government filed its civil complaint after intervening in a ‘whistleblower’ suit brought in 1999 against P.A. Landers, Inc.  by a former employee of the company, Omar Ali.

A government press release detailing the charges can be found in this PRNewswire link.

Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 11/02 at 03:19 PM
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Businessmen to Pay for Improper Medicare Bills

Three Pennsylvania businessmen have agreed to pay the federal government a $645,000 settlement to resolve claims that they were “improperly billing” Medicare for medical equipment, according to an account in the Bucks County Courier Times.

The three men—Harry J. Lawall Sr., Harry J. Lawall Jr. and Wayne T. Lawall are responsible for the day-to-day operations of Harry J. Lawall & Son Inc. and Lawall at Hershey Inc., both in Philadelphia, and Lawall Prosthetics-Orthotics Inc. of Wilmington, Del., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The story said the Lawalls submitted claims or knew about claims made through the U.S. Department of Health. Four former Lawall employees filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provision of the U.S. False Claims Act.

The settlement amount includes a $109,650 payment that will go to the former employees who provided the information for the federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Click on the following link for the full story on this whistleblower case.

Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 11/02 at 03:11 PM
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Fluor Corporation Agrees to Pay $12.5 Million in Compliance Case

An Austin, Texas, law firm announced Monday that it secured a $12.5 million settlement from Fluor Corporation to settle a case in which it was alledged that Fluor knowingly over billed the government under the many cost-reimbursable contracts held by its Fluor Daniel subsidiary (now known as Fluor Enterprises) with the Departments of Energy and Defense. 

The law firm of Lawrence, Arenella & Satija, LLP, said in a prepared release that Paul Lawrence secured the settlement for his client and the federal government in a suit filed under the Federal False Claims Act against Fluor Corporation. The suit was filed on behalf of Cosby Coleman, a 15- year employee who worked in the company’s government contracting office.

Click on the following link for the full story on the Federal False Claims Act settlement.

Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 11/02 at 03:02 PM
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