Procurement and contractor fraud are two of the most costly types of government fraud. An example of procurement fraud is a company using bribes to win a contract even when it did not make the lowest or best bid. Other examples of contractor fraud include billing the government for incomplete work, inflating the cost of labor or supplies, and issuing kickbacks.
Kenney & McCafferty has established an impressive track record representing whistleblowers in some of the nation’s most high-profile government contract cases, including the $16.25M settlement against Hewlett-Packard Corporation.
Every year, the U.S. government enters into billions of dollars worth of contracts with private companies for goods and services covering a wide array of industries and sectors. Although the Department of Defense accounts for approximately two-thirds of federal contracts, other agencies, including the Department of Energy , Veterans Affairs, and the General Services Administration are also entering into contracts on an annual basis totaling anywhere between $8 and $25 billion.
Given the extremely lucrative, and competitive, nature of these federal contracts, this is an area ripe for fraud and abuse. Indeed, since 2009, the Department of Justice has recovered nearly $4 billion in fraud settlements from claims related to government contracts.