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LOGCAP IV contractor CH2M Hill joins Team Qui Tam

As a reader has pointed out in both the Fluor Hanford case and in this case, the FCA violations occurred on a government contract with the DoE and not with the DoD or as part of LOGCAP.  Why are contractors, who have proven track records of misappropriating taxpayer dollars being awarded government contracts?  Why are these contractors still being invited to bid let alone win more government contracts?  Does a leopard change his spots? ~Forseti

Colorado-Based CH2M Hill Agrees to Pay United States $1.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act Liability

Company Was Contractor at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – September 22, 2011 – CH2M Hill Hanford Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colorado-based CH2M Hill Companies Ltd., has agreed to pay the United States $1.5 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims and paid kickbacks relating to a contract to operate and manage mixed radioactive waste at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Nuclear Site in the state of Washington, the Department of Justice announced today.

Between 2003 and 2005, the engineering and construction firm employed two individuals whose responsibilities included purchasing supplies for use by CH2M on its DOE contract.  The government alleges that, during that period, these two individuals improperly made more than 200 purchases from companies owned and run by their spouses and charged the cost to DOE.   At the time, CH2M was a DOE prime contractor responsible for management, maintenance and cleanup of the Hanford “Tank Farms,” which consist of more than 170 underground tanks storing mixed radioactive and hazardous waste at DOE’s Hanford Nuclear Site. 

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LOGCAP IV contractors – a trifecta of fraud & corruption

Texas-Based Fluor Corporation to Pay U.S. $4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act Liability

Allegations Related to Contract at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State

WASHINGTON – Fluor Hanford Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fluor Federal Services Inc. and Fluor Corporation, has agreed to pay the United States $4 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly submitted false claims and paid and received kickbacks relating to a contract to operate and manage mixed radioactive waste at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Nuclear Site in Hanford, Wash. Fluor Corporation is headquartered in Irving, Texas, near Dallas.

Between 2003 and 2008, Fluor employed individuals known as material coordinators, whose job responsibilities included purchasing supplies for use by Fluor on its DOE contract. Between 2003 and 2008, three such material coordinators, Susanna Zuniga, Gregory Detloff and Paul Kempf, made hundreds of fraudulent purchases using government purchase cards, using their positions and exploiting weaknesses in Fluor’s internal control system to funnel DOE funds to themselves.

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