Boeing Co. is paying a $2 million fine to settle allegations it inflated maintenance bills for a U.S. Air Force contract. A lawsuit was filed in 2006 by a whistle blower, who said he was the only person performing non-routine maintenance on the KC-135 between 2002 and 2005 at a facility in San Antonio, Texas, and it appears Boeing committed fraud. It was reported that Boeing’s billing statements were manipulated to show workers performing tasks who had “never been near the plane.”
The lawsuit was kept secret under Justice Department guidelines while the Department investigated the allegations. As usual – even though it paid a fine – Boeing denied it had made any false claims. Corporations being awarded government contracts of any kind – including defense contracts – and which are making big bucks, must not be allowed to cheat or defend the government. Those who do so should be punished severely.
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