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July 13, 2018

Business Owner and Former Government Contracting Officer Representative Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Bribery

Jerry T. Vertefeuille, 53, of Niceville, and Christopher A. Carter, 37, of Fort Walton Beach, pleaded guilty on July 11 and June 28, respectively, to conspiracy (to commit theft of honest services and wire fraud) and bribery of a public official. Additionally, Vertefeuille pleaded guilty to obtaining and disclosing procurement information. The guilty pleas were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Vertefeuille was a federal government contracting officer representative for the 96 Test Wing Maintenance Group (96 MXG) at Eglin Air Force Base. His duties included overseeing maintenance work and initially approving purchases and invoices.

July 13, 2018

Oklahoma Orthopedic Company and Physicians Agree to Pay $670,000 to Settle Allegations of False Claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare

SOUTHWEST ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS, PLLC; ANTHONY CRUSE, D.O.; R.J. LANGERMAN, JR., D.O.; DANIEL J. JONES, M.D.; MEHDI ADHAM, M.D.; DEREK WEST, D.O.; BRIAN LEVINGS, D.O.; SHANE HUME, D.O.; BRAD REDDICK, D.O.; and KRISTOPHER AVANT, D.O., have agreed to pay $670,000 to settle civil claims stemming from allegations that they submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Mike Hunter, Oklahoma Attorney General.

July 13, 2018

U.S. Settles Dispute With Transportation Company Over Contracted Afghanistan Security Services

U.S. based multi-modal transportation and logistics company Liberty Global Logistics LLC (LGL) has paid the United States TWO HUNDRED NINETY-FOUR THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS ($294,800) to settle claims that it violated its contract with United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) by falsely billing the United States for convoy security services that were never actually provided, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. USTRANSCOM contracted with LGL for the transportation of U.S. military cargo from the United States to various military outposts in Afghanistan. The contract required LGL to comply with Afghanistan law, which mandates the purchase of extra security services for cargo convoys moving along certain trucking routes within Afghanistan. Those services were reported to have been provided by the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF) – an arm of the Afghanistan government – and a portion of the security costs were reimbursed to LGL by the United States under the contract.

July 10, 2018

Electrical Engineer Found Guilty for Intending to Convert Trade Secrets from Defense Contractor

A federal jury in Hartford, Connecticut yesterday returned guilty verdicts against a man for his conduct related to a scheme to convert trade secrets belonging to a defense contractor based in Groton, Connecticut, related to, among others, an innovative naval prototype being developed for the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John H. Durham of the District of Connecticut.

July 6, 2018

United States Reaches $1.53 Million Dollar Settlement with Defense Contractor to Resolve Contract Claim

CACI Technologies, LLC has agreed to pay the United States $1,531,928.77 to settle an allegation that it breached its contract with the National Security Agency (NSA), a component of the Department of Defense, by billing and accepting payment from the NSA for work performed by certain CACI employees who did not meet the required qualifications. The civil settlement was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Craig, Jr. of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service - Mid-Atlantic Field Office; and Assistant Inspector for Investigations G. Shawn Tate, NSA Office of the Inspector General.

June 28, 2018

National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against 601 Individuals Responsible for Over $2 Billion in Fraud Losses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar III, announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action involving 601 charged defendants across 58 federal districts, including 165 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving more than $2 billion in false billings. Of those charged, 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests. In addition, HHS announced today that from July 2017 to the present, it has excluded 2,700 individuals from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs, which includes 587 providers excluded for conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.

June 28, 2018

Southern District of Florida Charges 124 Individuals Responsible for $337 Million in False Billing as Part of National Healthcare Fraud Takedown

The South Florida charges are part of the largest ever national health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that more than 601 defendants were charged, across 58 federal districts, including 76 doctors, as well as nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $2 billion in false billings. Of those charged, over 162 defendants, including doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. Thirty state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today’s arrests. In addition, HHS announced today that from July 2017 to the present, it has excluded 2,700 individuals from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and all other Federal health care programs, which includes 587 providers excluded for conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.

June 27, 2018

Father and Son Admit to Fraudulent Sales of Titanium to Connecticut Defense Subcontractor

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN J. PALIE, JR., 62, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, and JOHN J. PALIE III, 42, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, waived their right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to fraud offenses stemming from their having sold titanium to a Connecticut defense subcontractor.

June 26, 2018

Former Army Contractor Pleads Guilty For "No Show" Job Involving Contract At Aberdeen Proving Ground

Eric D. Price, age 58, of Fayetteville, North Carolina pleaded guilty today to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit wire fraud, related to payments to him for a "no show" job on a sub-contract under contracts awarded by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), in Harford County, Maryland.

June 21, 2018

Chinese National Arrested for Conspiring to Illegally Export U.S. Origin Goods Used in Anti-Submarine Warfare to China

A Chinese national was arrested today and charged in connection with violating export laws by conspiring with employees of an entity affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to illegally export U.S. origin goods to China, as well as making false statements to obtain a visa to enter the United States and to become a lawful permanent resident under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program.