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CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.
Hanford P-Card Fraud
Date: 04/20/2010 (Date of Indictments)
Misconduct Type: Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency: Energy
Contracting Party: Energy
Court Type: Criminal
Disposition: Pleaded Guilty
Synopsis: In 2008, it was announced that the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General (DOE IG) was investigating fraud at the Fluor Hanford nuclear reservation involving the use of federal government credit cards known as purchase cards, or P-cards. Employees at the facility had been using P-cards for improper transactions, such as transferring money to employees' family businesses and buying personal items such as televisions, appliances and gift cards. After conducting an internal investigation, Fluor Hanford fired three employees and notified the DOE IG. As of December 2010, seven people have been charged, most of whom formerly worked for Fluor Hanford and/or CH2M Hill Hanford Group, the two contractors running the facility at the time. Six have pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution and penalties.