Two companies that contracted with the Department of State to provide civilian police training in Iraq have agreed to pay $8.7 million to the US to settle whistleblower allegations that they submitted or caused to be submitted false claims for payment.
DynCorp International LLC will pay $7.7 million, resulting from allegations that it submitted fraudulently inflated claims for the production of container camps in various locations. The Sandi Group, the subcontractor, will pay $1.01 to resolve allegations that it sought and received compensation for danger pay that was not provided to employees.
“The hard work of stabilizing Iraq is challenging enough without contractors and subcontractors inflating the cost of rebuilding by making false claims at taxpayers’ expense,” said Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.
The qui tam lawsuit was filed by two former employees of the Sandi Group that became aware of the illegal activities. They will receive up to $481,710 from the government’s recovery.