The Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced the sixth settlement related to allegations of bid-rigging targeting the U.S. military’s fuel supply contracts abroad.
This recent settlement includes the recovery of $2 million in public funds, in addition to the $205 million recovered in previous settlements. These schemes were initially brought to light by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act (FCA). The FCA allows whistleblowers who uncover fraud against the government to file lawsuits on behalf of the government and share in any recovery. The FCA also provides whistleblowers important protections against retaliation, for bringing these schemes to light.
While the majority of FCA actions involve fraud on government health care programs, like Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare, the FCA is implicated anytime the government is defrauded. Many states have similar whistleblower laws to protect state governments from fraud.
The settlement discussed above is based on allegations only. There has been no determination of guilt or liability.