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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…

False Reimbursement Claims for Massachusetts Environmental Cleanup

Shell Oil Company agreed to pay $4 million to resolve allegations that it received reimbursement from a state environmental cleanup fund even though it had also received payments from its insurers for the same cleanup sites. The alleged false claims by Shell and its joint venture, Motiva Enterprises, LLC, involved cleanup projects at more than a hundred gasoline stations both companies operated throughout Massachusetts. Under the state’s Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund program (UST Fund), claimants must disclose if they sought reimbursement from another source, including insurance, for expenses they submit to the UST Fund. According to the Massachusetts Attorney General, Shell recovered payments from its insurers for past and future costs of remediating environmental damage at certain gas stations in Massachusetts, but did not disclose these payments to the UST Fund until February 2012.

Misconduct Type
Cost/Labor Mischarge
Enforcement Agency
State/Local
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
2/27/2014
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $4,000,000
Further Information Released
Massachusetts AG Press Release 2/27/2014

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database