A $30 million False Claims Act settlement was announced today in the U.S. Investigations Services (USIS) whistleblower initiated lawsuit that accused USIS and Altegrity, its parent company of fraudulent conduct as reported by former USIS executive Blake Percival under the whistleblower provisions of the act.
Blake Percival filed a lawsuit alleging that USIS violated the FCA by committing government contract fraud, breaching the terms of their contract to provide background checks for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). USIS provided background checks for OPM from 1996 until September 2014. The suit alleged that between at least March 2008 and September 2012, USIS failed to adhere to contractually promised quality reviews of these background checks.
USIS Executive Blake Percival Says Fired for Reporting Fraud
Mr. Percival was an executive at USIS, working for the company from 2001 to June 2011, most notably as the Director of Fieldwork Services. Percival further alleged that he was fired in retaliation for refusing to have those employees under his supervision participate in fraudulent activity....