The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois is warning contractors that his office will not tolerate fraudulent, false or unwarranted billings to the Untied States and it’s client agencies. This announcement comes on the heels of an $8.7-million civil settlement with Maersk Line Limited last week. The settlement stems from Maersk’s failure to comply with certain terms of his contract with the United States Transportation Command.
Under that agreement, the Department of Defense used Maersk services to ship cargo from the United States military to outposts in Afghanistan. Investigators say they were prompted to look into the matter when USTRANSCOM reported that several claims submitted by Maersk contained suspicious signatures. Investigative efforts revealed 277 instances in which false claims verifying shipments to Afghanistan were made.
The case was investigated by the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.