Qui tam cases are often brought against public works contractors who cheat the government. Federal and state agencies spend billions of taxpayer dollars for the construction of roads, buildings, and other infrastructure projects. Unfortunately, some of these projects fall victim to corruption and fraud. Some common types of public works fraud prosecuted under the False Claims Act are:
- Bribes and Kickbacks
- Billing For Work Not Performed
- Billing at Inflated Rates
- Falsifying Material Costs
- Using Substandard Materials
- Using Unqualified Personnel
- Violating Buy American Requirements
- Failure to Follow Contract Specifications
- Falsifying Test Results and Progress Reports
- Falsifying Minority Contractor Status
Whistleblowers have played an important role in the detection and prosecution of such fraud through qui tam False Claims Act lawsuits. For example, in 2008, Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation and PB Americas Inc., the consortium that oversaw the design and construction of Boston’s “Big Dig,” agreed to pay $458 million to settle federal and state claims, including claims in qui tam lawsuits, arising out of the partial collapse of the I-90 connector tunnel.
If you have information fraud in construction or other public works projects, and you would like to speak with a VS&G qui tam attorney about a potential False Claims Act whistleblower case, please feel free to contact us directly or click on the “Contact Us” link. VS&G will conduct an initial, confidential consultation about potential legal representation without any obligation or fee.