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Lancaster agrees to pay $ 820,000 for settlement of lawsuit with Department of Defense | Local business

Reveal Global Consulting LLC, a company with offices in Lancaster and Maryland, has agreed to pay $ 820,000 to the federal government for dismissing allegations that it incorrectly billed the Defense Intelligence Agency. This was announced on Thursday by US Attorney Jennifer Orbit Williams.

The company, which did not admit violations in the calculations, is accused of overcharging and invoicing employees who left the company. The company did not answer the call and e-mail on Thursday. The company was established in Lancaster in 2013 and founded at 432 Beaver Street, and listed by Ryan Davis of Windsor as its founder, according to government documents. У August 2020, the company is registered his address: 342 N. Queen St., website of Candy Factory, coworking in Lancaster. According to government documents, his mailing address was listed as coworking in Maryland. Registered address the official address of the enterprise used for important correspondence and legally required when setting up a company.

Under the agreement, Reveal signed a contract in September 2017 to provide services related to the CIO Applied Research and Leading Edge Technologies program, developing and creating software for use by the Defense Intelligence Agency. Details of the program were not available.

Under the time and materials contract, Reveal could only bill the U.S. for the time it actually spent and the materials needed to meet its contractual obligations. The Justice Department accused Reveal of billing the Defense Intelligence Agency for one-twelfth of the total contract amount, even for months when less than one-twelfth of all required effort was devoted to the contract, devoting less than promised to staff for months, presenting overstated and incorrect bills for the work of subcontractors and billing the Defense Intelligence Agency for work allegedly performed by Reveal employees who had already left the company.

Throughout the contract, the Department of Justice stated that Reveal failed to establish and maintain an adequate, efficient timing system.

“There is no excuse for the United States to bill for work that has not been done,” Williams said. “Companies operating in the United States have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that the United States receives the goods and services they pay for, and the United States Attorney’s Office is ready to investigate and punish contractors who violate this fundamental rule. ”

The case was the result of joint work by investigators, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Criminal Investigation Service, the Defense Contract Agency and the Department of Justice, said William Borden, assistant inspector general. for Investigations, Defense Intelligence Agency, in a press release.

“The settlement agreement announced today is the result of joint investigations with the Office of the Inspector General of Defense Intelligence and demonstrates DCIS’s continued commitment to protecting the integrity of the Department of Defense’s procurement,” said Special Agent Patrick J. Hegarti, Northeast Field Office in a press release.

The investigation was conducted as part of the Shock Forces Encouragement of the Eastern Pennsylvania Civil Attorney’s Office along with investigators from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense and the Criminal Investigation Service with the assistance of the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce. and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Assistant Attorney General Paul W. Kaufman investigated and settled.

Claims resolved by agreement are merely charges; there was no definition of responsibility.

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