Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

COVID-19 Recovery: Are You Ready for the SIGPR?

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The COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in 2020 and Congress responded with legislation to provide a variety of forms of relief to small and large businesses and nonprofits, as well as individuals. In addition to providing relief under vehicles such as the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL),Read More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

SBA Office of Inspector General Issues Management Report Advising of Fraud And Seeking Further SBA Oversight of COVID-19 Loans and Advances

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On July 28, 2020, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Management Alert raising concerns of potential fraud relating to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance grant programs. The OIG reported receiving more than 5,000 complaints of suspected incidents of fraud from financial institutions that had received the economicRead More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

Federal Contractors’ Compliance Responsibilities Just Got Easier, or Did They?

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On July 14, 2020, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued an interim final rule intended to clarify the scope and application of the requirements set forth in Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (FY19 NDAA). The rule’s release comes after months of eager anticipation by—and almost apocalyptic warnings from—a wide varietyRead More

Topics: Ethics and Compliance, Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

Expeditious Crackdowns on COVID-Relief Fraud

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In the span of mere days, the Department of Justice (DOJ) arrested and charged numerous individuals from Virginia, Massachusetts, Texas, and Ohio, alleging that they fraudulently sought Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. At John F. Kennedy Airport, a Virginia couple was arrested on June 20Read More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements