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Construction Companies Pony Up $47 Million To Settle Qui Tam Action

The Department of Justice announced that Harbert Corporation, Harbert International, Inc., Bill Harbert International Constructions Inc., Harbert Construction Services (U.K.) Ltd. and Bilhar International Establishment (collectively “Harbert Companies”) have agreed to pay $47 Million to settle a whistleblower suit first filed in 1995.

The whistleblower action, filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by whistleblower Richard F. Miller, alleged that the Harbert Companies filed false claims, and caused others to submit false claims, to the U.S. Agency for International Development (“USAID”).

The complaint also alleged that the Harbert Companies conspired to rig bids for a USAID-funded contract to construct a sewer system in Egypt in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The complaint alleged that other potential bidders agreed not to bid or agreed to bid higher in return for a payoff.

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.

If you have a claim, contact the Florida whistleblower attorneys at McCabe Rabin, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation by calling toll free at 877.915.4040 or by e-mail to kelly@mccaberabin.com.