No Claim Too Small: Contractor Settles FCA Claims for Failure to Return $14,000 of Reimbursed Equipment


On May 28, 2021, a District of Maine judge granted a joint motion for stipulated judgment in favor of the United States, ending the False Claims Act suit against a Coast Guard contractor hired to assist with the excavation of a World War II-era airplane crash site. This case serves as an important reminder to government contractors to pay close attention to all contractual obligations, including those that come into play after substantial completion of performance. The relatively low dollar amount at issue also stands out amongst the much-higher FCA resolutions that frequently make headlines, and should remind all contractors that no FCA violation is too small to escape government scrutiny.