U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente announced Monday the government has reached a settlement with Reston-based Triple Canopy, Inc. The company has agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle allegations of false claims.
In 2009, Triple Canopy was under contract with the Joint Contracting Command in Iraq, providing security services at the Al Asad Airbase. The company billed the U.S. government for security guards who were not qualified and could not pass the firearms proficiency tests. To avoid detection and ensure the government paid for the services of the unqualified guards, Triple Canopy created bogus test scorecards, according to court documents.
A former employee of Triple Canopy filed a whistleblower suit in 2011. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the United States under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act. The government decided to intervene in the relator’s suit in June 2012. The whistleblower will receive about $500,000, as part of the resolution.