A Florida shipyard company that allegedly created a front company so that it could win government contracts designated for disabled veteran-owned companies has agreed to pay the U.S. $1 million to settle a complaint brought against it by two whistleblowers under the False Claims Act. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Jacksonville-based North Florida Shipyards and its president, Matt Self, established a company called Ind-Mar Services Inc. “merely as a contracting vehicle” to wrongfully secure government contracts to repair five Coast Guard ships. Such contracts are intended for companies owned by veterans disabled in the line of duty. To qualify ... Read More
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