Corporate Whistleblower Center Urges Insiders With Proof a Company Is Gaming Federal Contracts by Saying They Have Special Status To Call Them About a Recent Reward

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The Corporate Whistleblower Center is highlighting a recent example of a significant reward going to whistleblowers that proved a company should not have received special status as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, because the Center believes these types of misclassifications are a nationwide problem including minority- or women-owned businesses. For more information a potential whistleblower is urged to contact the Corporate Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466, if they have well documented proof a company has misclassified itself as a Veteran, or minority business with respect to government contracts. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

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If you work for a company that has misclassified itself as one of the above to get a unfair advantage on a federal contract please call us at 866-714-6466 so we can carefully explain what level of proof is needed to get rewarded.

The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "There are all kinds of federal programs that are designed to give veterans-, minority-, or women-owned businesses a competitive edge when it comes to federal contracts. Tragically we are convinced businesses in every state game the federal contract, or purchasing system by falsely classifying themselves as a veteran-, minority-, or woman-owed business.

"If you work for a company that has misclassified itself as one of the above to get a unfair advantage on a federal contract please call us at 866-714-6466, so we can carefully explain what level of proof is needed to get rewarded. If we are satisfied with your level of proof we will immediately get you in contact with some of the nation's leading whistleblower attorneys."

As a recent example, in October 2014 the Justice Department announced, "North Florida Shipyards and its president, Matt Self, will pay the United States $1 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by allegedly creating a front company, Ind-Mar Services Inc., in order to be awarded Coast Guard contracts that were designated for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs).

"To qualify as a SDVOSB on Coast Guard ship repair contracts, a company must be operated and managed by service disabled veterans and must perform at least 51 percent of the labor. The government alleged that North Florida created Ind-Mar merely as a contracting vehicle and that North Florida performed all the work and received all the profits. The government further alleged that if the Coast Guard and the Small Business Administration (SBA) had known that Ind-Mar was nothing but a front company, the Coast Guard would not have awarded it contracts to repair five ships."

In this instance the whistleblowers will receive $180,000.

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. It’s a huge mistake.”
  • 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. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help find the right law firms to assist in advancing your information.”

The Corporate Whistleblower Center wants to emphasize there are high quality whistleblowers in every state including California, New York, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska.

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 Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466 or via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

For attribution please refer to the October 2014 Justice Department press release on this matter. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/north-florida-shipyards-pay-1-million-resolve-false-claims-allegations

Case number: The case is captioned United States ex rel. Yerger, et al, v. North Florida Shipyards, et al., Case No. 3:11-cv-464J-32 MCR (M.D. Fla.

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