Category: Government Contracts

India Seeks to Enact Its Own False Claims Act

India is seeking to fight corruption by passing its own false claims act modeled on the United States’ version of the act.  It would allow whistleblowers to bring claims against contractors and to receive a cut of the proceeds received from such claims.  Indian government officials are considering the legislation to counter routine fraud in the infrastructure sector in which poor quality work is rampant.

Corrupt Officials and Contractors are Charged with Taking “Time and a Half” in connection with New York’s Automated Payroll System

The Wall Street Journal reports that the development of New York City’s automated payroll system – known as CityTime – was the subject of significant fraudulent kickbacks.  The US Attorney recently announced indictments of two New Jersey executives accused of paying off contractors involving over $600 million in city funds,

Fighting Fraud

Peter Budetti, director of Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has focused his attention on fraud prevention, detection, and prosecution.  On average, between $70 billion and $234 billion is lost annually due to healthcare fraud.  Obama’s administration has also committed resources to minimizing fraud.

The number one state for healthcare fraud is Florida,

Government Contractor to Pay $69 Million

On November 5, 2010, an engineering contractor, Louis Berger Group, Inc. (“LBG”), agreed to pay over $69 million to settle claims of defrauding the U.S. Government related to reconstruction contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  LBG is a New Jersey-based engineering consulting company which performed engineering contracts for the U.S. Department of Defense and United States Agency for International Development in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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