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"UNITED STATES FILES FALSE CLAIMS ACT AND ANTI-KICKBACK ACT SUIT AGAINST AMY MAY, PATRICIA HALL, AND MICHAEL STONE FORMER MATERIAL COORDINATORS FOR FLOUR HANFORD."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2011

Spokane – Today, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington filed a civil lawsuit against Amy Hay, Patricia Hall, and Michael Stone in U.S. District Court in Spokane. In its complaint the United States alleges that, Amy Hay, Patricia Hall, and Michael Stone, while purchasing supplies with government issued purchase cards ("P-Cards") knowingly accepted over two thousand dollars worth of kickbacks from Fast Pipe and Supply Company Inc. ("Fast Pipe") and its owner, while making nearly $1.5 million dollars in P-Card purchases from Fast Pipe.

The United States alleges that Ms. Hay, Ms. Hall, and Mr. Stone accepted the kickbacks while working as Material Coordinators for Fluor Hanford Inc. ("Fluor"). The United States further alleges that Ms. Hay's, Ms. Hall's, and Mr. Stone's unlawful purchases were ultimately paid for in full by the United States Department of Energy ("DOE").

The allegations are that Ms. Hay, Ms. Hall, and Mr. Stone were part of a number of Fluor Material Coordinators who, collectively, accepted over $40,000.00 worth of kickbacks from Fast Pipe while making, collectively, over $3.9 million in P-Card purchases from Fast Pipe.

Regarding Ms. Hay, the United States alleges that between October of 2005 and October of 2008 she knowingly accepted at least $2,130.05 worth of kickbacks from Fast Pipe and its owner. According to the Complaint these kickbacks took the form of gift cards to Macy's, tickets to Seattle Mariners games, and tickets to Seattle Seahawk games; all for the purpose of obtaining or rewarding Ms. Hay's P-Card purchases from Fast Pipe. The United States alleges that during that same time period Ms. Hay made at least $391,395.40 worth of P-Card purchases from Fast Pipe.

As to Ms. Hall, the United States alleges that, during the same time frame, between
October of 2005 and October of 2008, she knowingly accepted at least $390.00 worth of
kickbacks from Fast Pipe and its owner. According to the Complaint these kickbacks also took
the form of gift cards to Macy's and tickets to Seattle Seahawk games; all for the purpose of
obtaining or rewarding Ms. Hall's P-Card purchases from Fast Pipe. The United States alleges
that during that same time period Ms. Hall made at least $642,495.75 worth of P-Card purchases
from Fast Pipe.

As to Mr. Stone, the United States alleges that, during the same time frame, between
October of 2005 and October of 2008, he knowingly accepted at least $370.00 worth of
kickbacks from Fast Pipe and its owner. According to the Complaint these kickbacks also took
the form of a gift card to Outback Steak House and tickets to Seattle Seahawk games; all for the
purpose of obtaining or rewarding Mr. Stone's P-Card purchases from Fast Pipe. The United
States alleges that during that same time period Mr. Stone made at least $422,532.40 worth of PCard
purchases from Fast Pipe.

Pursuant to the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act the United States is seeking
damages and civil penalties from Ms. Hay, Ms. Hall, and Mr. Stone for their respective roles in
the alleged kickback schemes.

"Where government moneys are involved, kickback schemes are particularly insidious as
they unfairly disadvantage honest businesses which play by the rules when working with the
government," said Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of
Washington. "This complaint sends a clear message that we will aggressively pursue all persons
responsible for fraud that runs up costs and frustrates the vital mission of clean up at the Hanford
Nuclear Facility."

The United States' complaint has been filed in United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Washington under cause number CV-11-5154-LRS.

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