US Federal Contractor Registration: 2 Illinois Contractors Facing Fraud Charges for Awarded Government Contracts Meant for Women and Minorities
U.S. federal Registration Contractors: Contractors of Illinois is facing two counts of fraud in contracts awarded Designed for women and minorities
St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) 15 February 2012
An article of breaking news in the Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that two Illinois businessmen were charged separately with the fraud of false bidding for contracts and taking several government for women and minorities. Elizabeth Perino, 57, signed as a “sham” subcontractor on various projects, according to the charges, his company “did not conduct, manage or supervise.” Another businessman, Antonio Cappello, 48, fraudulently claimed that his company was a woman-owned, Small Disadvantaged Business, and has received over $ 2.3 million in government contracts.
These are certainly not the first cases of eligible companies through a system of government procurement fraud to win government contracts designed to help socially and economically disadvantaged. The SBA (Small Business Association) 8 (a) The program was created to help small businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans or people with disabilities have access to federal contracting. To be eligible for the 8, the SBA (a) program, a company must be owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged, who are of good character, the citizens of the United States and show potential for the successful.
According to U.S.
Office of the Government Accountability, 2008 to January 2010, 14 companies were identified fraudulently obtained government contracts worth more than $ 325 million. Among the 14 companies, 13 had misrepresented his eligibility to fraudulently acquire and maintain its 8 (a) the condition of obtaining federal contracts. During the study, the U.S. Government Accountability Office set up four bogus companies with bogus applications to see if the SBA 8 (a) application process were sufficient to prevent companies that do not qualify to enter the program. They found that the process of applying for the SBA has two strengths and weaknesses. Of the four companies of the false, the SBA was able to correctly determine which three were not eligible for 8 (a) program. However, a bogus company was able to get 8 (a) certification with documentation and information about the owner of fiction.
Although one of the four companies false
was able to pass the SBA 8 (a) the application process, the consequences of fraudulently entering the market for government procurement outweigh the benefits. One consequence is that companies may lose the award of the contract because their CCR registration is unsuccessful. If somehow a company is able to secure a contract fraudulently, the incorrect data in the register could prevent the government pays for the work. The government estimates that the contractor shall be solely responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in CRC and ORC for any liability resulting from reliance on government data. In particular, liability under the False Claims Act provides that any person who knowingly makes a false claim for payment or approval, or uses false information to be paid or approved, will be responsible for the Government of the United States to a fine Civil $ 5,000 to $ 10,000 and three times the amount of damages suffered by the government due to the actions of the contractor. Moreover, unlike criminal law, specific knowledge of misinformation is not necessary. What is needed is only that the defendant acted in disregard of the truth of the information.
“While there are opportunities for government contractors who qualify for these programs aside, are a very small percentage of all available contracts,” said Eric Knellinger, president of the record U.S. federal contracts. “The penalties for intentional misrepresentation of CCR registration can be devastating and far outweigh the short-term benefits. Just not worth it.”
To avoid these consequences, companies must ensure that the information is complete and correct, especially when it comes to financial reporting and the indicators used to determine whether the company qualifies as a small business. Moreover, if one of these changes to the information, it is very important that these changes are updated in the CCR and ORCA. Although the step process may seem a disadvantage in advance on the path to a material contract, easily avoidable mistakes can quickly turn this molehill into a mountain. While a simple mistake in a recording of CCR may not result in criminal charges, the owner of the company wants to submit to a federal investigation for alleged fraud of the contract.
Register of Contractors is a private third-party registration has helped thousands of companies to complete their registration and supply of ITC. U.S. Federal Contractor Registration pairs business with a dedicated case manager who helps them every step of the way of the initial tender registration of contracts. To request a free evaluation and assessment by a specialist in investment for your business, call the hotline to the contractor (877) 252-2700 ext 1 or visit our website at https://www.uscontractorregistration.com /.
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