Whistleblower lawsuit says defense contractor defrauded the Marines of $1.3 billion for vehicle parts. Exposing Misconduct.

Whistleblower lawsuit says defense contractor defrauded the Marines of $1.3 billion for vehicle parts

December 5, 2019

A government contractor allegedly defrauded the Pentagon of $1.3 billion by inflating prices for armored vehicle parts sold to the Marine Corps, according to court documents filed in a whistleblower case.

Navistar Defense allegedly forged fraudulent invoices and other documentation so that it could inflate prices for suspension systems on mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, or MRAPs, according to Duquoin Burgess, a former Navistar employee.

“Contractors who falsify information to induce the military to pay inflated prices will be held accountable,” Jody Hunt, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, said in a Wednesday statement announcing that the United States has joined in the lawsuit. “We will continue to protect the military’s procurement process from such abuse.”

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