Liveblogging the Civil War False Claims Act: Praise for Rep. Van Wyck; fraud in government building contracts

by admin | February 13th, 2012

On February 13, 1862, the New York Times reported that New York City’s Central Republican Committee (meeting at 23rd Street and Broadway, near Madison Square Park) met and praised the work of Rep. Charles Van Wyck on the House Select Committee on Government Contracts, which had recently released its lengthy report on wartime frauds.

But not all fraud was confined to the war effort, apparently:

FRAUDS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC BUILD- The House Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings, who were authorized to send for persons and papers, and examine into the contracts respecting the Capitol and the Treasury extension, have commenced the examination. It is alleged that immense frauds have been practiced upon the Government in the construction of these buildings.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

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