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$________ – DOJ – Fraud – Company accused of misrepresenting employee role to obtain contracts – Alleged violation of False Claims Act.

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

In this action, the United States accused a company of misrepresenting an employee’s status to the SBA in order to obtain contracts from the Small Business Administration (SBA). The matter was resolved with a settlement.

The defendant, LB&B applied SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program for Small Disadvantaged Businesses. As part of that application, the defendant represented that Lily B., who satisfied the criteria for a socially and economically disadvantaged person under the program, controlled the operations of LB&B. Securing 8(a) certification allowed LB&B to obtain 8(a) set aside contracts from various government agencies. However, throughout the performance of these contracts, Lily B. allegedly failed to exercise actual control over LB&B’s operations, a key component to qualifying for the set aside contracts.

The whistleblowers, Steven O. S, and James T. B, former employees of LB&B, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act. The United States intervened in the whistleblowers’ 8(a) claims but not the Mentor-Protégé claims, and accused defendant of violating the False Claims Act by making false statements to obtain contracts through the SBA program.The matter was resolved with a settlement for $________, with no admission or determination of liability against defendant. The whistleblowers will receive a total of $________ of the settlement.

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