Defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin (“Lockheed”) recently agreed to a $2 million settlement in a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) filed by David Magee, a former employee of the Naval Oceanographic Major Shared Resource Center. Magee will receive $560,000.00 of the settlement for his part in discovering the fraud and bringing the whistleblowing lawsuit on behalf of the government. The lawsuit alleged that government employees conspired with Lockheed and other subcontractors to make sure that they won the government contract. Our New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Whistleblower Attorneys have helped many clients with whistleblower and retaliation cases. Call (800) 893-9645 if you have witnessed fraud or conspiracy against the government at your workplace.
Magee, a computer scientist at the Stennis Space Center, alleged in his complaint that two government employees working at the Shared Resource Center conspired with Lockheed, Science Applications International Corp, (“SAIC”) and Applied Enterprise Solutions (“AES”) to ensure that SAIC and its subcontractors won the $115 million government contract. Magee filed a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act against Lockheed and the other subcontractors in June 2009.
Lockheed is ranked as number 1 on Washington Technology’s 2010 top 100 list of the government’s largest contractors. For its part in helping SAIC obtain the $115 million government contract, Lockheed received $2 million. While the suit against Lockheed is settled, the government’s suit against the government employees and the other subcontractors still continues.
Without whistleblowers, many acts of fraud and deceit against the government and hence all taxpayers would go unnoticed. A qui tam suit allows a private individual with knowledge of a present or past fraud being committed against the U.S. government to bring a suit on the government’s behalf. Tony West, the Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department, has stated that “Whistleblowers have helped us to enforce the law by bringing to light schemes that misuse taxpayer dollars and abuse the public trust by undermining the integrity of the procurement process.” As an economic incentive, the whistleblower can recover up to 15% – 25% of the recovery if the government intervenes and takes over the lawsuit and up to 25% – 30% if the government does not intervene. Mostly importantly, in order to share in the recovery, you must be the first person to bring the case to the government’s attention.
If you observe your company engaging in fraud or conspiracy against the government, call our Whistleblower and Retaliation Attorneys at Villanueva & Sanchala at (800) 893-9645 to help you determine if you have a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act.
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