Military Contractor Fraud Facts
- The Pentagon has viewed outsourcing a wide variety of military tasks as much more efficient, leaving troops trained in combat to the business of war.
- The Government Accountability Office reported in December 2006 that the military has been losing millions of dollars because it cannot monitor industry workers in far-flung locations due to military fraud.
- The Defense Department’s inability to manage contractors effectively has hurt military operations and unit morale and cost the Pentagon money, the GAO said.
- Some 60,000 contractors have been supporting the Army in Southwest Asia, which includes Iraq. That compares with 9,200 contractors in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Recently investigators have opened up to 50 criminal probes involving battlefield contractors in the war in Iraq and the U.S. fight against terrorism.
Senior contracting officials, government employees, residents of other countries and, in some cases, U.S. military personnel have been implicated in millions of dollars of fraud allegations. These involve operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.
The problems stem in part from the Pentagon’s struggle to get a handle on the unprecedented number of contractors now helping run the nation’s wars. Contractors are used in battle zones to do nearly everything but fight. They run cafeterias and laundries for troops, move supplies, run communication systems and repair weapons systems.
“Special agents from the Army’s major procurement fraud unit recently were dispatched to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, where they are working closely and sharing information with other law enforcement agencies in the region,” Grey said.
Whistleblowers – A Percentage of the Recovery
Given the billions of dollars in contract dollars that have been and are being spent, the government is being defrauded of hundreds of millions of dollars. By filing a qui tam, false claim or whistleblower claim, a person can be instrumental in bringing back to the U.S. government millions of dollars in recoveries. The whistleblower can receive up to 30% of whatever monies are recovered. Furthermore, in some cases by ensuring that our troops are not operating with substandard equipment, a whistleblower may be protecting the lives of soldiers in the field.
Our firm is only investigating claims in which a business entity, such as a company or medical practice, is submitting false claims to a governmental entity in excess of $500,000. We do not handle cases involving individuals receiving government benefits under false pretenses. (For example, we do not handle claims in which a person falsely claims disability in order to receive government benefits. ) For these claims, you should contact the appropriate governmental agency directly, such as a state medicare-fraud hotline, and report the fraud. Regarding tax fraud, we are only handling cases in which the underpayment of taxes exceeds $2 Million, and the income of the person committing tax fraud exceeds $200,000 per year.