When I was the Procurement Fraud Remedies Director for the Air Force I wrote a number of articles about the need for contractors to engage early with the government when facing procurement fraud allegations. My time back in private practice has caused me to “double down” on that sentiment. We’ve defended a number of individuals
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Interesting facts from the now-ended, long running bribery related case of John Sims:
1) the federal investigation began in 2009, showing just how long some of these investigations take.
2) Mr. Sims apparently was both a contractor and a civilian employee through critical periods of this investigation/prosecution
3) guilty plea was to 5 of the…
Fraud relating to the Presidential helicopter program: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/11/06/3-indicted-in-fraud-scheme-involving-marine-one-helicopter-fleet-that/
Ex Boeing procurement officer sentenced to 20 months for his role in a kickback scheme: http://fox2now.com/2014/10/28/ex-boeing-worker-gets-20-months-for-kickbacks/
One of the best I ever had the pleasure of hearing speak on this subject, Henry Livingston, posted this on his blog (counterfeitparts.wordpress.com) concerning counterfeit parts reporting. This article is worth a read, as is the entirety of that blog.
The FedBid story in yesterday’s Washington Post is fascinating: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/va-contracting-official-misused-her-position-to-help-company-ig-report-finds/2014/10/02/e903a1d2-47f8-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html
Law360 covers an interesting Congressional/Executive branch split relating to whistleblower protections for federal employees: http://www.law360.com/governmentcontracts/articles/583761?nl_pk=a1c7e8b8-77a3-4368-85a3-90926e036c09&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=governmentcontracts
And a guilty plea in a long running case of mischarging and fraud at Shaw Air Force Base: http://www.wltx.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/01/men-plead-guilty-to-defrauding-shaw-air-force-base/16525957/
…please allow me to take a moment to thank first responders, soldiers, and ordinary citizens who banded together in a time of immense need and tragedy many years ago today. Perhaps it’s been “long enough,” but this is the first September 11 that I didn’t want up thinking “X years ago, something terrible happened.” But…
Dean Jessica Tillipman and Professor Christopher Yukins of GW Law have posted an excellent series on a recent DC Metro case that covers many fascinating state and local procurement and grant fraud issues. They are well worth the read:
Tillipman’s piece (read first): http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2014/8/27/dc-metro-opens-doors-to-procurement-fraud-and-retaliation.html
Yukins’ piece (read second): http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2014/8/28/so-much-to-learn-from-dc-metro-case.html