Following self-disclosure, California construction company settles false claims allegations

by Ben Vernia | February 13th, 2013

On February 8, the Department of Justice announced that a California-based construction company paid $367,500 to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims, after the company disclosed the misconduct to the government. According to DOJ’s press release:

Granite Construction Company, a California-based construction company specializing in roads, tunnels, bridges, airports and other infrastructure-related projects, reached a settlement with the United States following an investigation of alleged false claims in connection with federal construction projects across the country, the Justice Department announced today. Granite has agreed to pay the United States $367,500.

The settlement resolves claims that Granite overcharged the government on certain federal construction projects funded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Army Corps of Engineers between 2006 and 2008. Specifically, in certain instances, Granite sought price increases in the form of change orders and requests for equitable adjustment which were inflated because the general liability and workman’s compensation insurance rates used to support the adjustments included added amounts or “cushions” that were not actually incurred by the company and therefore should not have been charged to the federal government. Granite disclosed the potential overcharges to the Justice Department.

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