From what we have learned so far, some major contractors may have intentionally set up shell companies, in order to jump in front of other companies, by falsely playing the minority owned business card
(PRWEB) September 10, 2013
The Corporate Whistleblower Center is expanding their initiative focused on identifying contractors who are intentionally misclassifying their company as a minority owned business. This special category of contractors falls under the federal classification of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, also known as DBE, and involve woman, and minority-owned businesses working on federally-funded projects. The group now wants to hear from individuals with e-mails, documents, or accounting records that clearly show a company has been created to game the federal bidding process, by at least on paper showing they are a minority owned business, provided the accepted bids exceed one million dollars.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Initially we thought we were going after contractors misclassifying themselves as minority owned businesses for federal highway projects, and we still are. However, our list has grown to include contractors, that have misclassified themselves as a minority owned contractor to any federal agency, including the Department of Defense, the EPA, the Department of Agriculture, etc. From what we have learned so far, some major contractors may have intentionally set up shell companies, in order to jump in front of other companies, by falsely playing the minority owned business card." Whistleblowers who possess significant proof of these types of activities can call us anytime at 866-714-6466, with the only catch being the contract, or awarded bids must exceed a million dollars. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "On June 6th, 2013, the United States Department of Justice announced, Testech and Ceso Agree to Pay $2.88 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations.The settlement announced today resolves allegations that the defendants claimed DBE status for TesTech, a civil engineering firm, on numerous highway and airport construction projects in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky. The United States alleged that TesTech was owned and controlled by CESO, a non-DBE firm, and its owners, the Oakes, who falsely claimed that TesTech was owned by Aziz and qualified as a minority-owned business in order to take advantage of the DBE program. DBE fraud harms the integrity of the program and adversely impacts law-abiding, small business contractors trying to compete on a level playing field.”
Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center:
- Do not go to the government first, if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. Its a huge mistake. Frequently government officials could care less, or they are incompetent."
- Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower's information could destroy any prospect for a reward.
- Do not try to force a government contractor, or corporation to come clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Fraud is so rampant among federal contractors, that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. We say, come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think its sufficient, we will help find the right law firms, to assist in advancing your information."
Any type of insider, or employee, who possesses significant proof of their employer, or a government contractor fleecing the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can contact the group via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "For attribution purposes we have attached a link to the United States Department of Justice press announcement June 6th 2013 national press release. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/June/13-civ-650.html
Case Number: The False Claims Act suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and is captioned United States ex rel. Parker v. TesTech et al., No. 2:10-cv-1028 (S.D. Ohio).