Air Force Contractor Pays $380,000 to Settle Allegations of False Claims
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -- Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, announces that Computer Sciences Corporation (“CSC”), a government contractor, has agreed to pay $380,000 to settle civil claims stemming from allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the United States Air Force.
CSC contracted with the Air Force to provide aircraft maintenance services at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. As part of the contract, CSC agreed to perform maintenance on hydraulic actuators in Air Force aircraft. Hydraulic actuators power various systems and functions in the aircraft such as the landing gear, vertical/horizontal stabilizers and flaps.
The United States contends that CSC submitted false claims for payment to the Air Force during the period from February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2013. More specifically, the false claims for payment were for painting, non-destructive inspections and pressure tests of hydraulic actuators in T-38 aircraft that were not performed. In order to resolve the allegations brought by the United States, CSC agreed to pay $380,000.
In reaching this settlement, CSC did not admit liability and the government did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims. The agreement allows the parties to avoid the delay, expense, inconvenience, and uncertainty involved in litigating the case.
This case was investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald R. Gallegos.