Fraud Against the U.S. Military & Government Defense Programs

Every year, the United States government spends almost $600 billion on defense and defense-related programs, including goods and services provided by defense contractors. When these defense contractors submit fraudulent claims or provide false statements regarding the goods and services they provide, it is known as defense contractor fraud.

Defense contractor fraud costs the U.S. federal government millions—if not billions—of dollars. In an effort to combat this, the government frequently participates in whistleblower lawsuits, including qui tam actions, against business, organizations, and other entities that attempt to defraud or cheat the government. These suits are brought by private citizens and military personnel who wish to put a stop to fraudulent and deceitful defense contractor practices. Known as “whistleblowers,” these individuals seek to shed light on fraud and put a stop to the wrongful stealing of taxpayer dollars by defense and military contractors.

If you have knowledge of defense contractor fraud, it is important that you contact an experienced whistleblower attorney right away. You could be entitled to a portion of the government’s monetary recovery, but you must act quickly. At Levy Konigsberg, our defense contractor fraud attorneys have extensive experience handling these complex claims, as well as a proven record of success in securing numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. With offices based in New York and New Jersey, we represent clients nationwide.

Contact Levy Konigsberg online or by phone at (800) 315-3806 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.

Examples of Defense Contractors

Defense contractors, also known as “military contractors,” include various organizations, companies, and entities that obtain contracts from the government (by bidding) to provide a variety of services and/or goods to aid in the nation’s defense. This includes an array of military goods and services, as well as programs for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Some examples of the U.S.’s largest defense contractors include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing
  • General Dynamics
  • L-3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • United Technologies Corp.

What Types of Goods & Services Do Defense Contractors Provide?

Defense contractors provide a wide range of goods and services for the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as all branches of the U.S. military, including (but not limited to) the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

Some of the many goods and services provided by defense contractors include:

  • Weapons
  • Military training
  • Aircraft, ships, and vehicles
  • Special intelligence
  • Engineering
  • Security
  • Electronic systems
  • Consulting services
  • Maintenance and repairs

This is by no means an exhaustive list; defense/military contractors provide numerous other goods and services in support of U.S. military operations and national defense each year.

What Is Defense Contract Fraud?

Defense contract fraud occurs when the government pays defense contractors for goods and services that are not what the government bargained for or expected. Essentially, when defense contractors attempt to defraud the government or steal taxpayer money meant to fund the nation’s defense programs, it is considered “defense fraud.”

Some of the most common types of defense contract fraud include:

  • Using subpar materials that cause equipment failure
  • Misrepresenting the costs of a project to be reimbursed a higher amount
  • Falsifying compliance with material rules, regulations, and requirements of the contract
  • Providing equipment different than what was agreed upon

Putting a Stop to Defense Contract Fraud

Defense contractor fraud is driven by greed and puts our military servicemembers—and our nation—at risk. By filing a defense contractor fraud claim under the False Claims Act (known as a “qui tam” lawsuit), you can help expose defense contractors’ wrongful, fraudulent, and dangerous practices while simultaneously working to protect our nation’s security and the lives of those who serve.

Historically, qui tam lawsuits have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of the government. These dollars are taxpayer dollars, meant to fund defense programs and keep our country safe. In recent years, millions of dollars have been recovered following all types of defense contractor fraud in cases involving overbilling for goods and services, FCA violations, misdirection of funds, and more. Whistleblowers in these cases have secured a percentage of the total amount recovered by the government, typically about 15 to 30 percent, depending on the various factors and circumstances of the case.

If you have knowledge and proof that a company is submitting false claims in relation to a defense contract, we encourage you to give us a call today for a free case review with one of our experienced defense contractor fraud claims attorneys. You could be entitled to a financial recovery if the government participates in your claim.

How Levy Konigsberg Can Help

From offices in New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Washington, and Maryland, Levy Konigsberg provides nationwide representation on behalf of whistleblowers in all 50 states. For nearly 40 years, our firm has been recognized as a leader in False Claims Act/qui tam litigation, and we have an impressive track record of success in this area of law. Our attorneys are responsible for some of the largest settlements and verdicts in the country, and we have handled some of the nation’s most high-profile cases.

We can guide you through the process of filing a qui tam lawsuit and are fully prepared to aggressively represent your rights. Our attorneys provide legal services to whistleblowers on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any out-of-pocket fees when you work with our firm. Instead, our attorneys’ fees are paid via a portion of your financial recovery.

For more information, or to get started with a free and confidential consultation, call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online.


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