Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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U.S. v. Ruks (Falsely Certifying Ship and Submarine Inspections)

Robert Raymond Ruks, who worked as an inspector for Northrup Grumman Shipbuilding, Newport News, pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements by falsely certifying that he had inspected the hulls of Navy ships and submarines. Ruks had falsely certified that he inspected three lift pad welds on a Navy submarine and lied to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service about other ship and submarine hulls that he had failed to inspect. Subsequent re-inspection of all the welds certified by Ruks, which required almost 19,000 work hours and cost approximately $654,000, found a defective critical pipe joint weld on a submarine. At the time of his plea, Ruks was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Defense – Navy
Contracting Party
Defense - Navy
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Plea
Contractors Involved Penalty
Northrop Grumman $200
Further Information Released
Plea Agreement 5/21/2011
Statement of Facts 5/21/2011
U.S. Attorney’s Office Press Release 5/21/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database