Government Procurement Fraud Lawyer Handles Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits That Offer Large Financial Rewards to Persons with Original Knowledge of Significant Davis Bacon Wage Fraud Schemes, Government Contractor False Certification of Goods and Services Schemes, and Other Procurement Fraud Schemes by Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
Government contractor procurement fraud continues to increase. Government contractors commonly defraud the government through fraud schemes. These contractors provide defective goods, cross charge, make false certifications of services provided, charge for services not provided, charge for goods not provided, violate the Truth-in-Negotiations Act ("TINA"), and make improper cost allocations. Whistleblowers who have independent knowledge of procurement fraud committed against the government by government contractors can blow the whistle on the procurement fraud and earn large financial rewards. More specifically, whistleblower reward laws offer large financial rewards and whistleblower protections to people who report and stop procurement fraud.
If you are aware of defense contractor procurement fraud, highway contractor procurement fraud, healthcare company procurement fraud, or other government contractor or subcontractor procurement fraud, please feel free to contact Texas Government Contractor Procurement Fraud lawyer, Jason Coomer, via e-mail or online submission form for a free review of a government contractor procurement fraud qui tam claim.
What is Government Procurement Fraud?
Government procurement is the process of a government purchasing goods or services from the public. Companies who sell goods and services to the federal government are government contractors. When these government contractors provide defective goods or services, charge for services not provided, or commit other types of fraud on the government it is government procurement fraud. This fraud can be the basis of Federal False Claims Act whistleblower reward lawsuits which offer large financial rewards and protections to whistleblowers who properly expose significant fraud schemes. To date over $30 billion dollars has been collected through the Federal False Claims Act and whistleblowers have received over $3 billion dollars for exposing fraud. Further, these laws have prevented hundreds of billions of dollars in continuing fraud.
Because of the vast amount of goods and services that federal government purchases, there is a huge variety of types of government procurement fraud that exist. More specifically, defense contractor fraud, healthcare provider fraud, and highway contractor fraud are just a few types of procurement fraud that commonly result in whistleblower reward lawsuits.
Increased Government Spending Causes Increases in Government Procurement Fraud
The increased government spending over the past decade created an environment where many corporations, dishonest government contractors, fraudulent government sub-contractors, and other dishonest people commit procurement fraud including systematic procurement fraud against the government. This government procurement fraud defrauds the government out of large amounts of money. As such, the government offers large financial rewards to whistleblowers who are aware of fraudulent billing to the government. These government procurement fraud whistleblowers often work with whistleblower lawyers and the Department of Justice to expose fraudulent government contractors and criminals that are committing procurement fraud.
Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Lawsuits and Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Actions
The United States Department of Justice works with procurement fraud whistleblowers to root out government contractor fraud committed in connection with the procurement of goods and services used by our military and civilian agencies. This fraud affects our men and women fighting abroad. Ensuring that our military and procurement systems are protected from fraud is vitally important. These steps are necessary to make sure that our troops have weapons that work, equipment that protects them, and support that feeds, shelters, and provides information to them.
Defense Contractor Procurement Fraud Costs US Taxpayers Billions Each Year
Defense contractor procurement fraud is a common way that government contractors defraud the United States Government and taxpayers out of large amounts of money. Many whistle blowers have been successful in blowing the whistle on defense contractor procurement fraud and revealed procurement fraud schemes that put our troops in danger and steal money from the United States. Under Federal False Claims Act litigation billions of dollars have been regained from these procurement fraud defense contractors. Some common ways defense contractors commit procurement fraud and cheat the government are false certification of product quality, product substitution, cross charging, false certification of services provided, charging for Services or Goods not provided, and Violations of the Truth-in-Negotiations Act ("TINA"), and Improper Cost Allocation.
False Certification of Product Quality is A Common Form of Procurement Fraud
False Certification of Product Quality commonly occurs after a product has been approved for mass production. The original prototypes of a product are typically created with high quality materials and parts including strong metals, seals, plastics, and components. However, after the original prototypes have been tested and approved, some defense contractors use inferior parts and materials to lower costs that make weapons, ships, vehicles, computers, electronics, and other military goods less reliable, weaker, and more prone to not work when needed. The defense contractor that provides a false certification of a product's quality has committed a false certification that may subject the defense contractor to a Government Contractor Procurement Fraud False Certification of Product Quality Whistleblower Reward Lawsuit.
The Defense of Department often requires its contractors to build weapons systems in accordance with very detailed product specifications because quality and reliability are critical with weapons systems and other military equipment. Failure to comply with these specifications and falsely certifying that these specifications were met can cause death and place our troops in danger. As such it is extremely important that appropriate quality assurance steps are taken in building or producing weapons systems and other military equipment and that a defense contractor's certification of compliance with these specifications can be trusted.
Product Substitution Fraud is Another Type of Procurement Fraud
Similar to Government Contractor Procurement Fraud False Certification of Product Quality Qui Tam Claims are Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Product Substitution False Claims. These claims occur when a Defense Contractor that is under a government contract that specifies that the defense contractor build products using a certain grade, quality of parts, or materials and parts from American companies, fails to comply with the contract. These Defense Contractors often decide it is more profitable to use or substitute inferior parts or parts not made by American companies. Defense Contractors that use inferior parts or parts not made by American Companies as required by their government contract may be subject to a Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Product Substitution False Claim Act Whistleblower Lawsuit.
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The Defense Procurement Fraud Clearinghouse
The Defense Procurement Fraud Debarment (DPFD) Clearinghouse, was established in 1993 and has been assigned to the Bureau of Justice. This provision required the U.S. Attorney General to establish a single point of contact for contractors or subcontractors of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to promptly confirm whether potential employees have been convicted of fraud or any other felony arising out of a contract with the Department of Defense. The clearinghouse serves as this point of contact and is the repository for all DPFD-related records.
Clearinghouse Data Submissions: Defense-related fraud and felony cases are tried in federal court and prosecuted by a U.S. Attorney. U.S. Attorneys' Offices submit copies of sentencing orders for all individuals convicted of defense-related fraud or felony in their districts to the Defense Procurement Fraud Debarment Clearinghouse on a quarterly basis. BJA maintains a list of people who have been disqualified from contracting with DoD based on these sentencing orders.
Clearinghouse Services: The clearinghouse responds to inquiries from federal agencies, DoD contractors, and first-tier subcontractors as required to determine employment or contract eligibility. The clearinghouse also forwards pertinent information to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where the information is coded to identify the specific category of federal exclusion which is included in the GSA publication Lists of Parties Excluded From Federal Procurement or Non-procurement Programs, more commonly known as the Debarment List or EPLS. The exclusion is categorized according to the specific cause (i.e., the statute violated and the treatment or exclusion).
Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) Violations Are Also Forms of Government Procurement Fraud
Government contractor wage fraud has increased as some government contractors and subcontractors have sought to fraudulently avoid paying the prevailing wage or fringe benefits in violation of the Davis Bacon and Related Act (DBRA). Government Contractors that violate DBRA and/or falsely certify services or goods that they seek payment from the government for can be subject to Federal False Claims Act Lawsuits and required to pay back fraudulently taken money. Whistleblowers that have independent knowledge of fraud committed against the government by government contractors and subcontractors can become American heroes by blowing the whistle on fraud and if they are the first to provide notice of the fraud can recover a portion of the recovered money.
The Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) requires all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia construction contracts or federally assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits for corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed on similar projects in the area. The prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits are determined by the Secretary of Labor for inclusion in covered contracts.
In addition to the Davis Bacon Act itself, Congress added Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions to approximately 60 laws—"related Acts"—under which federal agencies assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance. (Examples of the related Acts are the Federal-Aid Highway Acts, the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.) Generally, the application of prevailing wage requirements to projects receiving federal assistance under any particular "related" Act depends on the provisions of that law.
Government Procurement Whistleblowers Help The Government Take Back Billions From Fraudulent Contractors
Through government contractor fraud qui tam lawsuits and other federal false claims act lawsuits, whistleblowers, the United States Department of Justice, and lawyers have helped the government recover billions of dollars that was wrongfully taken through fraud from the government. Often in these cases the fraudulent government contractor has paid off key government official to look the other way and it is essential to have a whistleblower with specialized knowledge of the fraud to expose the contractor fraud. In other cases, the fraudulent government contractor is exploiting a lack of efficient supervision in the bureaucratic system. In these cases, it also typically takes a whistleblower with specialized knowledge to locate the fraud and expose it.
Economic Incentives for Whistleblowers Lawsuits, Government Fraud Lawsuits, and Qui Tam Lawsuits
The basic premise of "qui tam actions" is to encourage private citizens to step up and blow the whistle on fraud. Qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act are based on the theory that one of the least expensive and most effective means of preventing fraud on taxpayers and the government is to make the perpetrators of government fraud liable to actions by private persons acting under the strong stimulus of personal ill will and potential of large economic gain.
The strong public policy behind creating an economic gain for whistleblowers is that the government would be significantly less likely to learn of the allegations of fraud, but for persons in certain positions with specialized knowledge of fraud that has been committed. Congress has made it clear that creating this economic incentive is beneficial not only for the government, taxpayers, and the realtor, but is an efficient method of regulating government to prevent fraud and fraudulent schemes.
The central purpose of the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act is to set up financial incentives to supplement government regulation and enforcement by encouraging whistleblowers with specialized knowledge of fraud going on in the government to blow the whistle on the crime.
The whistleblower's share of recovery is a maximum of 30 percent and the government's prior knowledge of fraud now does not necessarily bar a whistleblower from collecting lost revenue. If the government takes over the lawsuit, the relator can "continue as a party to the action." The defendant is also required to pay for the relator's attorney fees. The whistleblower is also protected from retaliatory actions by his or her employer. As a result of the 1986 amendment and subsequent amendments to the False Claims Act, qui tam lawsuits have increased dramatically. Though the law was first enacted for corrupt defense contractors during the civil war, the subsequent amendments has uncovered fraudulent government contractors building roads, bridges, and other public works as well as health care providers and others committing Medicare fraud. So far, billions of dollars have been recovered.
Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Lawyers Help Whistleblower Expose Fraud and Collect Rewards
Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Lawyers work with whistleblowers to expose deceptive and corrupt government contractors that are committing procurement fraud. As a Texas Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Lawyer, Jason Coomer, commonly works with other Government Contractor Procurement Fraud Lawyers throughout the United States. Together they help American heroes blow the whistle on corrupt government contractors.
If you are aware of defense contractor procurement fraud, highway contractor procurement fraud, health care company procurement fraud, or other government contractor or subcontractor procurement fraud, please feel free to contact Texas Government Contractor Procurement Fraud lawyer, Jason Coomer, via e-mail or online submission form for a free review of a government contractor procurement fraud qui tam claim.
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