Monday, February 13, 2006
Office Products Supplier pays $5.02 Million to settle False Claims Action
Corporate Express Office Products has paid the United States $5.02 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims when it sold office supply products manufactured in countries not permitted by the Trade Agreements Act to United States government agencies, the Justice Department announced on Friday.
The Colorado-based company had been charged with selling products from countries that do not have reciprocal trade agreements with the U.S., such as China and Taiwan. Corporate Express was required by its contract with the government’s General Services Administration (GSA) to prevent such items from being offered for sale to U.S. agencies.
The case was filed under the qui tam or whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act by Safina Office Products and two of its executives, Edward Wilder and Robert Hsi Chou Lee, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in January 2003. Safina, Wilder and Lee will collectively receive approximately $753,000 of the total recovery as their statutory award. Under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, private parties can file an action on behalf of the United States and receive a portion of the proceeds of a settlement or judgment awarded against a defendant.
Click the following link to read the government press release of the whistleblower settlement from US Newswire.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 02/13 at 10:46 AM
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