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Contractor Caused Deadly Gas Explosion in Canton, Illinois, NTSB Finds

A contractor drilling cable lines damaged a gas pipe, triggering an explosion in downtown Canton, Illinois, two years ago that killed one man and injured nearly a dozen others, federal investigators determined. The National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the Nov. 16, 2016, gas explosion pinned blame on Sure Shot Communications of Brimfield, Illinois, but also found the utility company Ameren failed to adequately evacuate the affected area once the breach was discovered. According to the Peoria Journal Star, Sure Shot violated a state law when it failed to excavate a concrete sidewalk atop the gas line before drilling. Illinois ... Read More

Whistleblower, Vermont Settle Retaliation Case

A case of alleged whistleblower retaliation involving a former Vermont state employee who claimed she was wrongfully fired for speaking out against contract corruption has been settled. The Burlington Free Press reports that Jacqui Carlomagno, a former grants administrator for Vermont’s Agency of Education, sued the State after she was fired in June 2015 for calling attention to the alleged abuse of federal education funds. Ms. Carlomagno claims the state fired her because of her whistleblower activity. Ms. Carlomagno’s allegations centered on the education agency’s handling of federally funded early childhood education grants. In her whistleblower lawsuit, she alleged that ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps Massachusetts Recover $2 Million From Home Depot Unit

A whistleblower who walked into the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office with allegations of fraud has helped the state recover nearly $2 million from a unit of Home Depot that provides janitorial supplies and cleaning products to state government agencies. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that Interline Brands, a Home Depot subsidiary, agreed to settle allegations stemming from a whistleblower who accused the company of overbilling two state agencies for supplies it was contracted to provide. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the Executive Office for Administration and Finance’s Operation Services Division (OSD) were both allegedly overcharged by Interline, Ms. ... Read More

Whistleblower Alleges Contractors Stole Work From Veterans

A whistleblower lawsuit has led to a recovery of more than $3 million from three New York construction contractors and their owners that allegedly misled the U.S. government to obtain lucrative contracts for which they were not qualified. According to the whistleblower complaint, Zoldaz Construction Company, Alliance Contracting, Arsenal Contracting of Alden, New York, and owners John Zoldaz and David Lyons secured federal construction contracts reserved for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. The complaint claims they obtained the contracts by duping the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) into believing they were legitimate candidates for ... Read More

Shipbuilder Settles Whistleblower Billing Fraud Allegations

Newport, Virginia-based shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Inc. will pay the U.S. $7.9 million to complete a $9.2 million settlement resolving a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the company knowingly overbilled the government for labor performed on Navy and Coast Guard ships. Bryon Faulkner, a former Huntington Ingalls employee, started noticing billing irregularities while working at the company’s shipbuilding operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 2012. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Faulkner’s whistleblower lawsuit alleges Huntington Ingalls mischarged and overcharged the government for work on numerous Navy and Coast Guard contracts starting in 2003. Mr. Faulkner also claims that the company ... Read More

U.S. Sues Army Contractor Under False Claims Act for Alleged Overbilling

An Indiana-based furniture dealer faces a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by the U.S. government accusing the company of overbilling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for furniture it was contracted to provide to Fort Jackson in South Carolina. According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the False Claims Act complaint seeks more than $800,000 from Greenfield, Indiana-based J-Squared, Inc., which does business as University Loft. The company is one of the largest suppliers of furniture for college dorms and military bases in the U.S. University Loft was contracted by the federal government to provide beds, desks, chairs, and other furniture ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Recovers $450K From Government Contractor

A Maryland-based infrastructure contractor has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $450,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it failed to pay its workers according to the prevailing wage required by federal labor standards when performing work for the government. Midasco LLC of Elkridge, Maryland, worked as a subcontractor on a Virginia highway project that created about 29 miles of reversible high-occupancy toll lanes along the I-95/I-495 corridor. Midasco’s contract included installation of highway signage, lighting, toll gantries, ITS infrastructure, and electrical communication components. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, federal officials investigated ... Read More

Whistleblowers Ask 9th Circuit To Reinstate FCA Lawsuit Against Honeywell

Plaintiffs in a whistleblower lawsuit against military contractor Honeywell International have turned to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a third time in an effort to have their False Claims Act complaint revived. The False Claims Act lawsuit seeks a $45 million recovery for the United States government, alleging that Honeywell falsely inflated its energy savings calculations for work performed under an Army contract. Honeywell’s contract stipulated that the company was not eligible for payment if the energy cost savings on an Alabama-based Army Engineering and Support Center was not shown to reduce actual energy costs. The project involved converting ... Read More

Military Contractor Pays $5 Million To Settle Whistleblower Accusations of False Billings

A U.S. military contractor has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve allegations lodged by four whistleblowers that it overbilled the federal government or billed for services it never provided. Monaco Enterprises Inc., based in Spokane, Washington, installs fire and security alarm systems for industrial and military facilities. The company has contracted with the U.S. government since the 1970s providing security systems to military bases in the U.S. and around the world. Two whistleblower lawsuits were filed against Monaco Enterprises in 2012, each by a pair of whistleblowers who alleged the company intentionally defrauded the government by overcharging for airfare ... Read More

CH2M Pays $1.5 Million To Settle Allegations It Overbilled Amtrak, U.S. Government

The U.S. government has reached a $1.5 million civil settlement with CH2M Hill, Inc., resolving a False Claims Act complaint that alleged the company overbilled Amtrak and the federal government, which partially funds the railroad. CH2M, a global engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction, and operations services for corporations and all level of governments, entered into a Joint Venture Project Management Oversight (PMO) agreement with Amtrak. The Colorado-based engineering company provided project management expertise and functions on several Amtrak construction projects throughout the eastern U.S. According to Louis Lappen, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the ... Read More