Once again the government has proven that fraud and bribery are not victimless crimes. They impact taxpayers in every way. It proved this last week when it announced that Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) – a defense contractor based in Newport, Virginia – has agreed to pay a $9.2 million settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by deliberately overbilling for labor completed on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships. Under the settlement, HII will pay $7.9 million which will be combined with an earlier payment it made of $1.3 million. “Contractors that knowingly bill the government in violation of contract terms will face serious consequences,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “This settlement demonstrates, once again, that we will not tolerate defense contractors who falsely charge the armed forces or any agency of the United States.”

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