Former Government Contractor Settles False Claims Act Case
BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Randy S. Mays, Sr., 58, of Rochester, N.Y., the former president and sole owner of Lynx Machine Tool Corporation, will pay $70,405 to the United States to resolve civil claims brought against him by the United States under the False Claims Act. The settlement represents a compromise of disputed claims and is not an admission of liability by Mays.
Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who handled the case, stated that from December 2005 through October 2006, Mays, through Lynx, a now defunct company that contracted to provide various metal parts to the Department of Defense, entered into five government contracts for the provision of various metal parts to the military. Under the contracts, Lynx was required to test 100% of the parts prior to shipment, and to submit a Certificate of Compliance with each shipment. In fact, the requisite testing was not performed, and Mays submitted and caused to be submitted false Certificates of Compliance and falsified test reports.
In 2011, a former Lynx employee, Denis Converse, was convicted and sentenced to five years probation for making false statements to federal agencies and agents in connection with the falsifying and alteration of the Certificates of Compliance and test reports.
The settlement is the result of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), under the direction of Craig Rupert, Special Agent in Charge of the DCIS Northeast Field Office; the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division Command, Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU), under the direction of L. Scott Moreland; and the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), under the direction of Donna Peltomaki.