(PRWEB) May 28, 2014
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "We strongly encourage employees at any type of company that has created a shell minority owned businesses identity as a way to game the federal contracting system to call us anytime at 866-714-6466, so we can carefully explain federal whistleblower reward programs to them. These programs were designed to promote minority, and female owned businesses. They were not set up to unjustly enrich big companies that are neither minority, or female owned. With well documented and detailed proof from the whistleblower, the rewards for this type of wrongdoing can be significant." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
According to a recent Justice Department press release,"Five California-based masonry subcontractors and two individuals paid the government nearly $1.9 million to resolve allegations that they allegedly violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting their disadvantaged small business status in connection with military construction contracts. The defendants are Frazier Masonry Corp., F-Y Inc., CTI Concrete & Masonry Inc., Masonry Technology Inc., Masonry Works Inc., and Russell Frazier/ Robert Yowell."
According to court records the case involved contracts to construct facilities at Marine Corps bases at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Camp Pendleton, Calif. Under the rules of the Small Business Administration, the contracts required that a certain percentage of the work be performed by disadvantaged small businesses. This contract requirement was intended to benefit small firms owned by women, minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
The government alleged that the defendant masonry subcontractors and their principals misrepresented to the prime contractors that they were small businesses, and allegedly these misrepresentations caused the prime contractors to falsely certify that they had complied with the small business provisions of the contracts in claiming payment.
In this case, the whistleblower will receive a settlement of $393,383.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "We definitely want to hear from construction company, or road building company insiders who possess significant proof contractors are claiming they are a minority owned business when they are not. While we think these practices are wide spread in federal construction, or road building projects, we are interested in talking to a whistleblower working in any type of company that is falsely labeling themselves as a minority owned business with respect to federal contracts.
"We think this also goes on in federal contracts involving transportation, logistics, school lunch programs, federal food distribution programs, Super Fund clean up sites, and on, and on. If you have proof a company is falsely labeling itself as a minority owned business in order to get preferential treatment in the federal contracting process please call us at 866-714-6466." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center:
Any type of insider or employee who possesses significant proof of their employer or a government contractor defrauding the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466 or via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
For attribution purposes please refer to the April 2014 Justice Department press release on this matter: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/April/14-civ-357.html
The cases are captioned United States ex rel. Howard v. Harper Construction Co., et al., Case No. 7:12-CV-215-D (E.D.N.C.) and United States ex rel. Howard v. RQ Construction LLC, et al., Case No. 7:13-CV-48-D (E.D.N.C.).