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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Billing for Phantom, Unqualified Employee

The Aerospace Corporation paid the United States $2.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that, for more than seven years, it billed the Air Force for the services of an employee who rarely came to work and was not qualified to perform the technical tasks assigned to him. Aerospace employed William Hunter as an engineer specializing in software quality assurance reviews from 2001 to 2008. When he was hired, Hunter claimed to have a doctorate from Oxford University when, in fact, he only had a high school education. He also filled out time cards showing that he was working full-time hours when he was actually visiting bars, amusement parks, theaters and other non-workplace locations. The government found that Aerospace was aware of Hunter’s fraud but still charged the Air Force for his time.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Defense - Air Force
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
12/6/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Aerospace Corporation $2,500,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 2/28/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database