Speaking Out Against Defense Contractor Fraud
The first version of the False Claims Act was passed during the Civil War, to protect the federal government against the sea of defense contractors that provided munitions and other supplies to the Union Army. Today’s version of the Act targets every kind of fraud, including areas particular to defense contractors:
- Cross charging: When contractors transfer costs for items provided on a fixed-price contract to costs established in a cost-plus contract. This is done either by fixing accounting records or having employees illegally charge time to a cost-plus contract when they really worked on a fixed-price contract.
- Substituting cheaper products or materials, but charging a higher price
- Selling products that are worthless, defective, unusable, or below stipulated standards
- Inflation of costs and charges: Fraudulently inflating the amount charged
- Testing violations
- Violating the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA): TINA requires that contractors truthfully disclose all relevant information about costs, so the government can make informed decisions about what is a fair price
Are You Contemplating Filing A False Claims Complaint?
If you have knowledge of fraud against the Department of Defense or any other military procurement entity, talk to us. We can advise you on the strength of your defense contractor fraud case and help protect you from retaliation and other negative actions. We invite you to call our lawyers at 212-577-9231 — or to email us your questions. All conversations are confidential and protected by attorney-client privilege.