Lock­heed sued in al­leged fraud, kick­back plan

Houston Chronicle - - NATION | WORLD -

The United States is su­ing Bethesda, Mary­land­based de­fense gi­ant Lock­heed Martin in con­nec­tion with an al­leged fraud­u­lent kick­back scheme re­lated to a $232 mil­lion sup­port con­tract for nu­clear waste cleanup, the Jus­tice Depart­ment an­nounced Fri­day.

Fed­eral at­tor­neys ac­cused Lock­heed of pay­ing more than $1 mil­lion to ex­ec­u­tives from Mis­sion Sup­port Al­liance, a joint ven­ture that it par­tially owned, in ex­change for “im­proper fa­vor­able treat­ment” when MSA awarded the $232 mil­lion sub­con­tract for man­age­ment and tech­nol­ogy ser­vices given to an­other Lock­heed Martin sub­sidiary, by­pass­ing open com­pe­ti­tion to give the com­pany in­flated rates. The de­fen­dants are ac­cused of ly­ing to the Depart­ment of En­ergy to cover up how much profit Lock­heed would re­ceive from that work, which took place from 2010 to 2016.

Lock­heed Martin and Mis­sion Sup­port Al­liance dis­puted the charges.

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