The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Kirk Mitchell

United Launch Al­liance , a joint ven­ture of Lock­heed Martin and Boe­ing Corp. formed to pro­vide cost-ef­fi­cient space­craft launch ser­vices to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, has paid the United States $100,000 to set­tle al­le­ga­tions that a sub­con­trac­tor paid its em­ploy­ees kick­backs in or­der to win con­tracts.

As a re­sult, Cen­ten­nial-based ULA and, by ex­ten­sion, the U.S. gov­ern­ment, paid higher costs for cer­tain con­tracts to sub­con­trac­tor Apri­ori Tech­nolo­gies be­tween 2011 and 2015, act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Robert Troyer said in a news re­lease Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Troyer, Apri­ori paid gra­tu­ities to cer­tain ULA em­ploy­ees in or­der to in­duce ULA to award the con­sult­ing com­pany con­tracts re­lated to tech­nol­ogy, com­pli­ance and project man­age­ment.

ULA vol­un­tar­ily dis­closed the al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct to the U.S.

The Air Force’s Of­fice of Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions, the Na­tional Re­con­nais­sance Of­fice’s Of­fice of the In­spec­tor Gen­eral, and the De­fense Crim­i­nal In­ves­tiga­tive Ser­vice con­ducted a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the al­le­ga­tions, the news re­lease said.

The set­tle­ment agree­ment is nei­ther an ad­mis­sion of li­a­bil­ity by ULA, nor a con­ces­sion by the U.S. that its claims are not well founded, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

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