Government Contractor Fraud – Does Indictment MeanJail Time?

Many government contractors ask the question, does indictment mean jail time. The answer is No, a federal indictment by a grand jury only starts the official process of determining whether you are guilty. A defendant may also resolve a case by pleading guilty and admitting to their crimes. But defendants… Read more »

Is Wire Fraud a Felony?

Federal wire fraud is a serious crime for businesses, government contractors and individuals that fall under white-collar offenses. This crime involved the use of electronic communications such as faxes, phone calls or emails, to defraud the government out of money (government contracts) or something of value. The penalties for federal… Read more »

Government Contractors :: Understanding Conspiracy Charges

A conspiracy charge in a government contract fraud case is a complex and often misunderstood aspect of the legal system. When someone is accused of being involved in a conspiracy under federal law, it can have serious consequences. The term ‘conspiracy’ often conjures images of shadowy figures plotting secretly, but… Read more »

What is Wire Fraud?

Wire fraud is a crime that involves the use of electronic communications, such as email or text messages, fax machines and telephone line to commit illicit acts such as payment of government contract invoices, federal contract awards, or traditional crimes such as identity theft or money laundering. Avoiding charges of… Read more »

Penalty for False Claims Act Violations

 Government Contractors’ Penalty for False Claims Act Violation: Navigating Government Investigations and Understanding the Impacts of Civil and Criminal Liability Government contractors play a crucial role in the provision of goods and services to federal agencies. However, with the privilege of working with the government comes the responsibility to uphold… Read more »

What is TAA Compliance?

Theodore P. Watson. In the world of government contracting, Trade Agreements Act TAA compliance is of utmost importance. Understanding the requirements, implications, and potential penalties of TAA non-compliance is crucial for businesses seeking to participate in government contracts.  Recent high-value settlements have highlighted the significant liability that medical device manufacturers… Read more »

TAA Compliant Countries List

The Trade Agreements Act (TAA) applies to GSA Schedule Contracts, requiring that all products listed on the contract be manufactured or “substantially transformed” in either the United States or a TAA-compliant “designated country”. The designated TAA Compliant Countries List encompass: 1. Countries under the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement…. Read more »

What is the DOJ Investigation Process for Government Contractors

The Department of Justice (DOJ) conducts investigations into potential wrongdoing by government contractors. The DOJ investigation process can vary depending on the nature and complexity of the alleged misconduct. What Does the DOJ Investigate? The Department of Justice (DOJ) plays a crucial role in investigating and prosecuting government contract cases… Read more »