Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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U.S. v. Powell (Falsely Certifying Welds)

Joseph Powell, a former employee of Huntington Ingalls Industries division Newport News Shipbuilding, pleaded guilty to making a false statement regarding weld inspections performed on vessels such as Virginia-class submarines and aircraft carriers. From approximately December 2015 through June 2016, Powell certified weld joint inspections without conducting the requisite inspection protocol. A re-inspection of weld joints certified by Powell revealed that a number of them were unsatisfactory and required repair. The estimated loss to the government attributable to Powell’s false certifications was approximately $43,500.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Defense - Navy
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Plea
Contractors Involved Penalty
Huntington Ingalls Industries $0
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 10/1/2019

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database