The Boeing Company (“Boeing”), one of the world’s largest aerospace companies, has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act relating to bills submitted to the United States Department of Defense (“DOD”) for the production and modification of Chinook helicopters.
According to the Complaint, in 2003, Boeing and the DOD entered into a contract for the production and modification of Chinook helicopters for the U.S. Army. The contract terms included a set contract price for “Basic Work” and indicated any “Over and Above” work would be paid on an hourly basis.
The qui tam action, filed in February 2010 by whistleblower Vincent A. DiMezza, Jr., alleged that Boeing employees knowingly overcharged the federal government by submitting bills for time they claimed was spent performing Over and Above work when they were actually doing Basic Work already covered in the contract price or were not working at all.
The United States Department of Justice announced that the lawsuit was settled for $4.4 million, including an $812,664 reward to the whistleblower.
If you have any firsthand knowledge, information, or evidence related to any federal, state, county or city government fraud, you should speak with an experienced qui tam lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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