Watson & Associates, LLC procurement fraud attorneys have decades of experience helping small businesses and larger companies involved in federal investigations and government contract fraud cases. Our goal is to help our clients avoid costly legal mistakes during the process.
What is Federal Government Procurement Fraud?
There are many situations where federal prosecutors will try to pursue criminal charges against you or your company for federal procurement fraud. In recent years, IG offices and federal prosecutors are bringing many cases against individuals and companies for some aspect of government contract fraud. Some of the alleged procurement fraud schemes include conspiracy to defraud the government through false claims in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program (8a Certification); Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program Fraud; SBA Small Business Program Fraud; Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Fraud, limitations on subcontracting pass-through contracts and more. Having experienced government contract fraud lawyers that understand the applicable regulations and programs is critical to achieving a fair outcome for defendants.
Outside counsel and help for existing criminal defense attorneys: At Watson & Associates, LLC, we often provide outside counsel to criminal defense attorneys that need help understanding the procurement process. The law firm will put a team of professionals together to handle the various allegations and a plan of action to defend against the various investigations and litigation aspects.
government contract fraud cases that can have dangerous outcomes, our law firm will form a team that can push back against the federal prosecutors. Our goal is to get a possible result for our clients.
Types of Procurement Fraud Cases
Fraud in government contracting creates a multitude of issues that your company may have to deal with. Our attorneys work with our clients to put forth an aggressive defense strategy. We understand that developing a strong criminal defense early in a white-collar case is essential to how the rest of the case goes. Watson & Associates government procurement fraud lawyers defend against, or provide outside counsel services in the following types of cases:
- Conflicts of Interest
- Bid rigging
- Collusive bidding between bidders
- Kickback schemes
- Defective goods
- Falsifying qualifications or contractor status
- Labor mischarging
- Defective or counterfeit products
- Improper product substitution
- False claims and invoices
- Change order schemes
- False statements and claims
- SBA 8(a)program fraud
- Limitations on subcontracting and pass-through contracts
- SBA 8(a), SDVOSB government contract fraud and HUBZone government contracts criminal cases
To Speak with Procurement Fraud Defense Attorney, Call us at 1 (866) 601.5518. Toll-Free.
Legal help for small businesses and large business federal government contractors
Cases involving federal contract fraud include small businesses, large businesses, or both. When detecting contract fraud, federal prosecutors are not always up to speed on the substantive legal requirements of the SBA small business programs, the FAR and various procurement laws. When you are under investigation, you want to consider retaining a government procurement fraud attorneys that understand the underlying substantive laws related to SDVOSB, HUBZone, SBA 8(a) Program and other small business matters that arise in government contract fraud cases. Without this level of expertise, a white-collar criminal defense case can go south pretty fast.
Large businesses find themselves involved with small businesses where the contractor finds themselves in a precarious position because their criminal defense lawyers are not proficient with the government procurement process or bid process regulations.
Watson & Associates is comprised of attorneys that deal with various procurement disputes on a daily basis. With over four decades of experience between our legal counsel, we understand deficiencies in the government’s cases and can sometimes develop alternative strategies that bring the client a more favorable result.
Representation problems encountered by federal contractors
When either the Inspector General (IG), Department of Justice (DOJ) or some other federal law enforcement agency decides to pursue criminal charges against small businesses or other defense contractors, most will immediately hire a local criminal defense attorney. Later, the reality is that the attorney realizes that there is more to the case than the allegations of conspiracy and criminal fraud.
Government contract law includes very complex regulations including the Federal Acquisition Regulations and SBA regulations that govern the SBA 8(a) program, HUBZone and SDVOSB small business regulations,
In either situation, Watson’s government fraud lawyers can help.
- We can serve and outside counsel to existing criminal defense lawyers
- The law firm can also form a legal defense team of professionals that can handle each aspect of the case.
Detecting Government contractor fraud
Small businesses and defense contractors should be aware of the red flags that indicate that the agency, IG or DOJ is pursuing, investigating or detecting defense contractor fraud. Indicators include:
- Requesting audits
- Requesting tax records
- Contracting officer questioning materials, invoices or challenging compliance with the FAR or contract clauses
- Requests to speak with investigators
Outside Counsel – Federal Procurement Fraud Lawyers and False Claims Act Defense Attorneys
Procurement fraud often includes facts where the scheme is furthered by submitting a claim, false statement or invoice to the government with the expectation of getting paid, acquiring a contract or some other benefit from the government.
As a result, the federal prosecutors seek to bring False Claims Act violation charges in addition to other claims of conspiracy, kickbacks and other criminal charges. Watson & Associates’ procurement fraud lawyers’ can provide legal advice and outside counsel to develop a strong defense early in the case.
Government Contract Fraud – Violation of Limitations on Subcontracting Rules
In these types of procurement fraud cases, the government alleges that the prime contractor does not perform the statutory amount under the contract. Instead, it passes through a huge (an illegal) amount of the contract to a subcontractor (co-defendant) in violation of the limitations on subcontracting laws. Criminal charges for conspiracy and wire fraud criminal charges will also accompany the government’s allegations.
Government contract fraud – false statement and certifications
Small businesses and virtually all government contractors have to certify the truthfulness of the information provided to the government. Certification is required when submitting for SBA certifications, invoice preparation and normal bid submission. Companies find themselves defending criminal charges for false statements and certifications. At Watson, our government fraud lawyers and white collar criminal defense contractor fraud attorneys can assess the facts and help clients to forcefully address these types of charges.
Government Procurement Fraud & False Claims Act
When federal law enforcement pursues criminal action against you for procurement fraud and violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute, there is also a violation of the Federal False Claims Act. In SBA fraud cases involving small business certification which result in the award of government contracts, the government will then tack on criminal charges because the invoices submitted for payment would (allegedly) fraudulent and therefore subject to monetary penalties and treble damages under the False Claims Act.
Tips to help you get the most from a your confidential consultation with our government fraud attorneys and defense lawyers.
- Before your call our defense contractor fraud attorney for a free initial consultation, write down the specific points of your case ( the who’s when’s and where’s)
- Make sure that decision-maker is present and have a list of questions you want answered
- Be able to discuss the general aspects of the federal contract(s) in question
- Be able to make decision as to the next steps
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHITE COLLAR CRIMES AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACT FRAUD
If you have been charged with defrauding the government, call Watson & Associates federal contractor defense attorneys and government procurement fraud lawyers for outside counsel services or defense representation.
Call 1.866.601.5518 Toll Free