false statements and false claims
Denition: Any untrue statement or claim, knowingly made with the intent to mislead or defraud.
Discrepancies between reported facts and supporting documentation.
Inability or refusal to provide supporting documentation.
fraud case studies
former epa intern pleads guilty to submitting false timesheets
An individual from Arlington, Texas, pled guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to 10 counts of making false statements.
The individual, an employee with an EPA grant recipient, was placed in an internship position with EPA; however, EPA contacted the employer within 2 weeks and requested the individual be replaced with another intern. After she left her internship at EPA, the individual submitted forged timesheets to the grantee, who subsequently continued to pay her a salary for approximately 1 year after her internship had been terminated. Her salary was paid from funds provided to the grantee by EPA.
professor settles civil complaint
A professor of environmental medicine at a New York medical school entered into a civil settlement in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, to settle a false claims case. In the settlement, the professor agreed to pay the United States $17,500.
For over 2 years, the professor submitted numerous fraudulent reimbursement requests to the school. These reimbursement requests were paid from moneys provided by federal grants funded by the EPA. The professor used the illegally obtained funds to support his personal hobby of stamp collecting.
when good money goes bad • true stories of grant fraud at epa