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DRS Technical Services Inc. (DRS) will pay the government $13.7 million to settle fraud allegations, the Justice Department announced today. DRS, a Virginia-based subsidiary of DRS Defense Solutions LLC, provides a variety of wireless network solutions, security systems and telecommunication services for both the government and the private sector.

dept_justiceThe Defense Department awarded time and materials contracts to DRS between 2003 and 2012 to provide services and supplies to the U.S. Army’s Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM) in Iraq and Afghanistan. DRS allegedly submitted bills to CECOM for work that was supposed to be performed by individuals with qualifications described under the terms of the contract. According to the Justice Department, the services were performed by individuals who did not possess the necessary qualifications, causing the government to overpay for the services.

Similarly, between 2009 and 2011, DRS allegedly billed the U.S. Coast Guard’s Aviation Logistics Center for services rendered by individuals that did not have the necessary qualifications to perform the services, per the terms of the contract. This too caused the government to pay an inflated price for the services.

The claims resolved under the terms of today’s settlement announcement are based solely on allegations and carry no determination of guilt. This case demonstrates the need for defense contractor whistleblowers to come forward if they have knowledge of fraud. In this type of case, a whistleblower that helps expose fraud is entitled to up to 25 percent of any money successfully recovered by the government.

gsk-logoPharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced on Monday that they are looking into allegations of corruption in the United Arab Emirates. The announcement comes roughly a month after the drugmaker was hit with a $489 million fine for corruption charges in China.

Reuters got wind of the corruption allegations through an anonymous email purportedly sent by a Glaxo sales manager in the UAE. The whistleblower claims that GSK made improper payments to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and healthcare providers in an effort to get more business. The improper payments were made in the form of educational meetings – some of which may or may not have actually occurred – and schemes that paid customers for using GSK products by giving them extra over-the-counter products.

A GSK spokesman told the media that the British drugmaker is conducting its own internal investigation into the matter. GSK is currently under investigation for similar allegations in a number of other countries in the Middle East.

These investigations come at a time when American and British authorities are making a push to stop overseas corruption by international companies. French drugmaker, Sanofi, said the company has informed American officials of corruption allegations of its own in East Africa and the Middle East. Novartis, a Swiss company, is also facing kickback accusations in the U.S.

 

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