Government Contract Cases


IRS Whistleblower Program 2015 Report: The Good, The Bad, The Numbers

IRS Whistleblower Program 2015 Report: The Good, The Bad, The Numbers

In a message that precedes the Annual Report to Congress from the IRS’s Whistleblower Program, its Director Lee D. Martin addressed several key issues, most notably, the need to reduce the lifecycle of whistleblower claims. While praising the results of the program in terms of tax collections, the Director saw fit to address a problem many whistleblowers have encountered when reporting unlawful conduct by US taxpayers.
According to the report, Fiscal Year 2015 was a “big...

DOJ Declines Don’t Hinder Whistleblowers in Fraud Recovery Lawsuits

DOJ Declines Don’t Hinder Whistleblowers in Fraud Recovery Lawsuits

Whistleblowers are showing their persistence in continuing to pursue qui tam cases after the government declines to intervene and 2015 was the most profitable year yet for whistleblower recoveries in declined cases. When a whistleblower lawsuit is filed, it is under seal until the Department of Justice (DOJ) can review the case and decide one of three actions.
They can recommend to the court the case be dropped for lack of substance, they can take over the lawsuit from the whistleblower...

South Carolina U.S. Attorney’s Office Recovers Impressive $7M in FY2015

South Carolina U.S. Attorney’s Office Recovers Impressive $7M in FY2015

What do Parsons Government Services and four Florida HCA hospitals have in common? They’re the two major contributors of the notable $7 million sum collected by the South Carolina U.S. Attorney’s Office through fiscal year 2015 civil and criminal actions.
According to a December 3 U.S. Attorney’s Office statement, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced that the District of South Carolina collected nearly $4.5 million in criminal actions and over $2.6 million in civil...

UPS Pays $4.2M in another Whistleblower Robert Fulk False Claims Act Lawsuit

UPS Pays $4.2M in another Whistleblower Robert Fulk False Claims Act Lawsuit

United Parcel Service (UPS) has agreed to pay $4.2 million to fourteen states, as well as the District of Columbia, New York City, and Chicago. This settlement resolves allegations that the major package delivery company regularly falsified shipment records, essentially charging the government for faster shipping than it delivered.

Ex-UPS Employee Robert Fulk’s Lawsuit Spotlights More UPS Government Contract Chicanery

The case was initiated by former UPS employee Robert Fulk under the whistleblower provisions of the federal False Claims Act, as well as the false claims laws in each state and city involved in the settlement. This settlement provides further resolution to an ongoing case between the government and UPS. In May 2015, UPS settled with the federal government and the state of New Jersey for more than $25 million over similar allegations, also stemming from Fulk’s whistleblowing....


U.S. Investigations Services $30 Million Government Contract Fraud Settlement

U.S. Investigations Services $30 Million Government Contract Fraud Settlement

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....


Food Vendor Chartwells Settles DC School District Whistleblower Lawsuit at $19M

Food Vendor Chartwells Settles DC School District Whistleblower Lawsuit at $19M

Washington DC school district’s food vendor Chartwells has agreed to settle a DC False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit at $19 million to resolve allegations that it overcharged the city for school food supplies. Whistleblower Jeffrey Mills will receive a portion of that settlement for exposing the alleged contract breaches in a not yet announced amount, typically 15 to 25% of the settlement. Mills urges school districts using private food vendors to inspect vendor contracts and performance.

Whistleblower Jeffrey Mills Alleges Chartwells Cost School District Millions

Jeffrey Mills, former Director of the Office of Food and Nutritional Services for the Washington DC school district, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Chartwells and Thompson Hospitality, the group that provided food services for the district’s schools since 2008....


UPS Whistleblower Fulk Nets $3.75M for Reporting Fraud as UPS Pays Govt $25M

UPS Whistleblower Fulk Nets $3.75M for Reporting Fraud as UPS Pays Govt $25M

United Parcel Service (UPS) has agreed to pay $25 million to the federal government to resolve allegations that the company submitted false claims to the government in order to hide its late delivery of overnight packages.

The civil settlement resolves claims filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to file suit on behalf of the United States government and to share in the government’s financial recovery.

Whistleblower Robert Fulk Says UPS Management Ignored His Report – Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

The whistleblower lawsuit against UPS was brought by Robert K. Fulk, a former UPS employee, who for his efforts will get 15 percent of the settlement or $3.75 million.  Reuters quoted Fulk’s lawyer as saying her client was brushed off when he questioned his manager about the false claims.  Fulk left UPS before filing his lawsuit....


Whistle Blower David Sherwin Awarded $23 Million in $68.5 Office Depot Settlement

Whistle Blower David Sherwin Awarded $23 Million in $68.5 Office Depot Settlement

Over 1000 public schools throughout California are set to receive their share of $68.5 million in a landmark California False Claims Act settlement with Office Depot. The whistleblower who reported the fraud has been awarded a hefty amount of money as well.

Office Depot Allegedly Overcharged California Schools

According to a news post from the San Bernardino County Sun, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties are two of the big winners in the resolution of California False Claims Act case surrounding an alleged scheme whereby Office Depot fraudulently overcharged California school districts for school supplies....


Whistleblowers Split $8M in $44.5M Iron Mountain Procurement Fraud Settlement

Whistleblowers Split $8M in $44.5M Iron Mountain Procurement Fraud Settlement

Document storage firm Iron Mountain paid $44.5 million to settle allegations of government procurement fraud. Whistleblowers Brent Stanley and Patrick McKillop filed a False Claims Act lawsuit in California alleging Iron Mountain overcharged federal entities for record storage services. Stanley and McKillop will collect just over $8 million for alerting the government to the company’s alleged fraudulent contract violations.

Brent Stanley and Patrick McKillop Allege Iron Mountain Overcharged GSA

From 2001 to 2014, Boston based Iron Mountain Inc. and Iron Mountain Information Management LLC provided government record storage services via the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program, a program that supplies the government with a structured means of obtaining commercial goods and services....


German Whistleblower Epp Scores $16 Million Reward in Supreme Foodservice Fraud Case

German Whistleblower Epp Scores $16 Million Reward in Supreme Foodservice Fraud Case

German citizen Michael Epp will receive a $16 million False Claims Act whistleblower award in a $146 million FCA settlement against Supreme Foodservice GmbH and Supreme Foodservice FZE announced today. The case is doubly significant in first affirming the trend of paying non-U.S. citizens cash rewards for blowing the whistle on frauds against the United States government and second as one of the largest government contract fraud cases to date.

Whistleblower Lawsuit: Overcharging and Other Government Contract Fraud

Michael Epp filed his False Claims Act case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under the FCA’s whistleblower provision allowing a private party to file a whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of the people of the United States and share in any monies recovered. Epp was a Supreme Commercial Division and Supply Chain director with inside knowledge of the complex set of alleged frauds....