Eight years ago, Salina Savage took on government contractors who had used a shell company to prevent legitimate businesses from receiving lucrative jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
The Richland-based whistleblower’s case finally settled this week, generating more than $5.5 million in fines against the company and a total of $690,000 paid to Savage for alerting the government to the swindle.
“Small-business fraud not only harms the taxpayers and the vital cleanup mission at Hanford, but legitimate, small, disadvantaged businesses that do not have the opportunity to fairly compete for and perform subcontracts,” U.S. Attorney Joe Harrington said.
U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza on Thursday signed the settlement, ending the case Savage filed in 2010. She took legal action after learning that a Hanford subcontractor had awarded a lucrative deal to an executive’s wife, who was falsely posing as a woman-owned small business.Read more here.