Iron Mountain, a Boston-based information storage company, has agreed to pay $44.5 million to settle whistleblower allegations. A former Iron Mountain employee and a longtime professional in the records management industry accused the company of overcharging the federal government for record storage services.
According to the Justice Department, Iron Mountain provided record storage services under General Services Administration contracts between 2001 and 2014. During that time, Iron Mountain allegedly breached the terms of their government contract by failing to provide accurate commercial sales figures when the contract was being negotiated, and failing to offer lower prices to the government. The whistleblowers also accused Iron Mountain of charging the government for storage that did not meet requirements set by the National Archives and Records Administration. Taken together, Iron Mountain’s alleged false claims resulted in government agencies overpaying for records storage and management.
Relators Brent Stanley and Patrick McKillop filed the qui tam lawsuit against Iron Mountain in the Eastern District of California. Stanley, a former employee with Iron Mountain, and McKillop, a records management industry veteran, will share over $8 million from the total recovered by the government in the settlement.
The Iron Mountain case highlights the need for whistleblowers in the many industries the government contracts with to provide goods and services. While the records management industry might not produce as many whistleblower cases as the health care industry, for example, this case shows just how much we need whistleblowers to expose fraud and save taxpayer dollars from being wasted.
If you have firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing in connection with a government contractor, get in touch with an experienced whistleblower lawyer who can evaluate your case and help you decide the most appropriate course for your claim.