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U.S. Intervenes in False Claims Act Suit Against USIS For Faulty Background Checks

Last month we wrote about the civil and criminal investigation of USIS, the government contractor who did the background checks on Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis.  Yesterday, the United States announced that it has intervened in the False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit accusing USIS of defrauding the Office of Personnel Management with whom it had a contract to perform background security investigations.

The False Claims Act complaint was filed by whistleblower and former USIS employee Blake Percival, who accused the company of violating its contract since at least 2008.  The United States has asked the court to allow it until January 22, 2014 to file its own complaint in the case.  At that time, we can expect to see much more detail about what the investigation has revealed about the nature and extent of the fraud.  No further word on the criminal investigation at this time, but we will stay tuned to see how that develops as well.

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