Nothrop Grumman Corp. on has agreed to forfeit $27.5 million under the False Claims Act while acknowledging that some employees inflated their work hours on bills for two battlefield communications contracts with the Air Force.
“Contractors that knowingly inflate their bills to the government will face serious consequences,” said Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, in an announcement. “This settlement demonstrates, once again, that we will not tolerate those who falsely charge the armed forces or any agency of the United States to illegally profit at the expense of the American taxpayer.”
The Falls Church, Va.-based Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. agreed to settle over charges on the Air Force’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node contract and the Dynamic Re-tasking Capability contract awarded during July 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013. That action resolves allegations that the firm “billed the Air Force for labor hours purportedly incurred by individuals stationed in the Middle East who had not actually worked the hours claimed,” Justice said.
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See Dept. of Justice announcement here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/northrop-grumman-subsidiary-agrees-pay-3165-million-overbilling-us-air-force-civil-and