US Sues Lock­heed, oth­ers For al­leged kick­backs

Business Standard - - WORLD -

The United States has sued Lock­heed Martin Corp, Lock­heed Martin Ser­vices Inc, and Mis­sion Sup­port Al­liance LLC, as well as a Lock­heed ex­ec­u­tive for al­leged false claims and kick­backs on a multi­bil­lion­dol­lar con­tract to clean up a nu­clear site, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said on Fri­day.

The com­plaint al­leges Lock­heed paid more than $1 mil­lion to Mis­sion Sup­port Al­liance ex­ec­u­tives in or­der to win a $232 mil­lion sub­con­tract for pro­vid­ing man­age­ment and tech­nol­ogy sup­port at the Han­ford, Wash­ing­ton site from 2010 through the mid­dle of 2016 at in­flated rates.

It also says the de­fen­dants lied about the amount of profit in­cluded in Lock­heed's billing rates.

A Lock­heed Martin spokes­woman de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing the com­pany "re­jects the sug­ges­tion that the cor­po­ra­tion or its ex­ec­u­tives en­gaged in any wrong­do­ing. Lock­heed Martin will de­fend this mat­ter vig­or­ously."

At the time, MSA was owned by Lock­heed Martin In­te­grated Tech­nol­ogy LLC, Ja­cobs Engi­neer­ing Group Inc., and Cen­terra Group. It awarded the sub­con­tract to Lock­heed's tech­nol­ogy group with­out com­pe­ti­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Jus­tice Depart­ment.

The large 586-square mile Han­ford nu­clear site in south­ern Wash­ing­ton, estab­lished dur­ing World War Two to pro­duce plu­to­nium, is con­sid­ered the big­gest en­vi­ron­men­tal cleanup in U.S. his­tory. It is ad­min­is­tered by the Depart­ment of En­ergy, En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and the state of Wash­ing­ton.

Lock­heed al­legedly paid more than $1 mn to Mis­sion Sup­port Al­liance ex­ec­u­tives to win a $232 mn sub­con­tract

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