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Watson & Associates, LLC’s government contractor fraud lawyers have decades of experience helping small businesses and larger companies involved in federal procurement fraud investigations and government contractor fraud cases.
Avoid costly mistakes hiring criminal attorneys that have no experience with federal contracts and the underlying rules that federal prosecutors seek to bring criminal charges. We represent defense contractors throughout the United States and overseas.
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 procurement 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 attorneys that understand the applicable regulations and programs is critical to achieving a fair outcome for defendants.
Defense Contractor Fraud Lawyers – Types of Federal Procurement Fraud Investigation Cases
Fraud in government contracting creates a multitude of issues that you or your company may have to deal with. Our defense attorneys work with our clients to put forth an aggressive defense strategy. We understand that developing a strong criminal defense early in a procurement fraud investigation is essential to how the rest of the case goes. Watson & Associates government procurement fraud lawyers and white-collar criminal defense attorneys 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
- Procurement fraud investigations
- Government contract small business programs
- Falsifying qualifications or contractor status
- Labor mischarging
- Defective or counterfeit products
- Improper product substitution
- False claims, qui tam and invoices
- Change order schemes
- False statements and claims
- SBA 8(a)program fraud investigations
- Limitations on subcontracting and pass-through contracts
- SBA 8(a), SDVOSB fraud and HUBZone government contract fraud criminal cases
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 government procurement 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 a procurement fraud investigation, you want to consider retaining a government procurement fraud attorney that understands 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.
- Get help applying the facts to see if a mistake has been made
- Get representation from allegations by agencies that may misapply the rules.
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.
Representation in Procurement Fraud Investigations
When your company is subject to a procurement fraud investigation, there are nuances and confusing regulations that even the federal prosecution does not fully understand. In other situations, contractors are involved in conflict of interest situations where the investigation tends to lead the result to some sort of procurement fraud or conspiracy to defraud the government. At Watson & Associates, our procurement fraud lawyers help small businesses and their criminal defense attorneys to better understand the ground rules.
- Procurement fraud investigations without counsel that understands government contract law can be disastrous
- The key to a successful outcome in a government contract fraud investigation case is to also understand how the federal attorneys criminal the applicable regulations
Watson & Associates is comprised of government contract fraud attorneys that deal with various procurement disputes on a daily basis. With over four decades of experience between our legal counsel, our government contractor fraud attorneys understand deficiencies in the government’s cases and can sometimes develop alternative strategies that bring the client a more favorable result.
Procurement Fraud Cases Leading to Suspension and Debarment & Criminal Liability
Aggressive representation and national help with 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 contractor fraud lawyers can help.
- We can serve and outside counsel to local criminal defense lawyers
- As investigation counsel can also form a top 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 – Government Procurement Fraud Lawyers
Defend against allegations of conduction procurement fraud schemes
Purchasing 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’ government procurement fraud lawyers’ can provide legal advice and outside counsel to develop a strong defense early in the case.
Outside counsel and help for local criminal defense attorneys
At Watson & Associates, LLC, we often provide outside counsel to federal contractor fraud defense attorneys that need help understanding the government 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 government 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.
Government Contractor Fraud Lawyers
Help With Small Business Fraud Allegations and Violation of Limitations on Subcontracting Rules
In these types of purchasing 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 contractor fraud attorneys
False statements 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 procurement fraud lawyers and procurement fraud defense attorneys can assess the facts and help clients forcefully address these types of charges.
Government Procurement Fraud & False Claims Act Lawyers and Investigation Counsel
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) be fraudulent and therefore subject to monetary penalties and treble damages under the False Claims Act.
Tips to help you get the most from 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 the decision-maker is present and have a list of questions you want to be answered
- Be able to discuss the general aspects of the federal contract(s) in question
- Be able to make a 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 on a federal contract, call Watson & Associates government contractor fraud attorneys and procurement fraud investigation lawyers for outside counsel services or defense representation.
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