Georgia company pays nearly $1 million to settle false claims allegations over defective fire retardent

by Ben Vernia | October 9th, 2022

On October 6, the Department of Justice announced that Georgia-based Fire Service Plus Inc. had agreed to pay $985,131 to settle allegations that the company submitted claims for payment on contracts for defective fire suppression foam. According to DOJ’s press release:

Fire Service Plus Inc. (FSP), a Georgia-based company, has agreed to pay $985,131 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by supplying fire suppression foam that did not meet military specifications, the Department of Justice announced today. 

FSP manufactures commercial and military-grade fire suppression foam. FSP’s military grade foam, known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), was sold under the brand name “FireAde MILSPEC.” The United States alleged that from January 2018 through April 15, 2021, FSP falsely certified that its military-grade fire suppression foam was compliant with applicable military specifications when, in fact, it was lacking the correct percentages of a key chemical. The Navy, Defense Logistics Agency and other federal government agencies purchased barrels of FSP’s military-grade foam to extinguish fires.

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The case apparently arose from a government investigation, rather than a whistleblower’s qui tam suit.

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