Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

Biopharmaceutical Company Agrees to Pay $6.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations of False Commercial Pricing Disclosures in Government Contracts

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On Monday, April 6, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that MiMedx Group Inc. (MiMedx or the company), an advanced wound care and biologics company, agreed to pay $6.5 million to resolve allegations that it overcharged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by knowingly submitting false statements and disclosures regarding inflated prices forRead More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

First COVID-19 Fraud Action Filed by the DOJ, and What It Means for Government Contractors

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it has taken its first action in federal court to combat fraud related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The heightened fraud enforcement establishes a new precedent for government contractors, in particular, to take extra steps to ensure robust compliance measures are in place, to review supply chain agreements,Read More

Topics: Contract Administration, Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

Procurement Fraud Is Alive and Well—and Being Punished

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The recent guilty plea of a furniture company sales executive provides a timely reminder that contractors continue to engage in procurement shenanigans–and continue to get caught. In such circumstances, crime definitely does not pay. On June 10, 2019, the Department of Justice announced that Steven Anstine of Overland Park, Kansas, pled guilty in federal DistrictRead More

Topics: Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements

SCOTUS False Claims Act Statute of Limitations Decision Looms Large

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As most federal government contractors know, the False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–33, can be a trap for the unscrupulous. The penalties associated with FCA violations can be steep, and the myriad other consequences (including debarment) can create an existential crisis. Government contractors would do well to pay attention to the FCA’s latest developments.Read More

Topics: Claims and Disputes, Fraud, False Claims, and False Statements, Statutes and Regulations