Industries for the Blind Will Pay $1.9 Million to Resolve Allegations that It Misrepresented Products as Blind-Made

Wisconsin-headquartered Industries for the Blind has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle claims that they defrauded the U.S. by passing off China-made products as manufactured by the blind to secure lucrative government contracts.

The federal government hired Industries for the Blind, Inc. (IBI) to manufacture a wide array of products to incentivize the creation of jobs for disabled Americans. But instead of creating those much needed opportunities, the company allegedly bought the goods from China and employed sighted workers, pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars in the process.

With an unemployment rate of approximately 60 percent, one thing blind Americans don’t need is to have employment opportunities taken away, and yet, that is exactly what IBI did, a company insider claims....

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