Defense Contractor Agrees to Pay U.S. Government $16 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
Virginia based contractor ADS Inc. and its subsidiaries agreed to pay the United States government $16 million to settle allegations that they violated the federal False Claims Act by “knowingly conspiring with and causing purported small businesses to submit false claims for payment in connection with fraudulently obtained small business contracts.” This settlement is one of the largest recoveries for the government involving allegations of small business contracting eligibility fraud.
Companies must meet defined eligibility criteria to qualify for these small business contracts, including requirements regarding the size, ownership, and operational control of the business. This settlement resolves a number of allegations, including allegations that ADS engaged in improper bid rigging schemes related to certain fraudulently obtained contracts. Also, purported small businesses affiliated with ADS include Mythics Inc., London Bridge Trading Co. Ltd., and MJL Enterprises LLC, allegedly falsely claimed to be eligible service-disabled, veteran-owned companies. Lastly, SEK Solutions LLC and Karda Systems LLC, allegedly falsely claimed to qualify as socially or economically disadvantaged businesses under the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program.
The Department of Justice states: “The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.” U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips said, “This settlement reflects the government’s commitment to ensure that its business partners are truthful in their dealings with the United States.”
Whistleblowers Will Receive $2.9 Million From This Settlement
The allegations against ADS were originally brought in lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, in a Qui tam suit. A Qui tam is a civil lawsuit brought by private party “whistleblowers” on behalf of the United States.
The False Claims Act permits private parties to sue on behalf of the government for false claims for government funds and to receive a share of any recovery made by the government. It rewards whistleblowers if their Qui tam case is successful and recovers funds for the government. In this case the whistleblowers will receive approximately $2.9 million as their share of the $16 million recover in this case.
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