Small businesses and large government contractors alike are facing increased scrutiny by federal law enforcement agencies. Whether it be the Inspector General (IG) or Department of Justice (DOJ), companies find themselves facing procurement fraud investigations, indictments for violations SDVOSB procurement regulations, SBA contracting programs, or some other form of contracting fraud against the United States government.
Watson & Associates, LLC’s government procurement lawyers frequently help contractors and individuals nationwide to minimize criminal liability.
What is Defense Contractor Fraud?
Government contractor fraud includes a variety of potential situations. If you are a contractor that used substandard materials on a construction project, submitted inferior products to the government or even submit a false claim for payment, you can be subjected to government contract fraud and criminal liability.
When these situations happen, the contracting officer may refer the case to the Inspector General’s (IG) for a formal investigation for procurement fraud or some other form of a procurement investigation.
At Watson & Associates, LLC we provide experienced government contract attorneys that understand the underlying regulations. For example, when the federal prosecutor brings a case for procurement fraud and pass through fraud schemes, we understand that the underlying law may be those line of rules that discuss the limitations on subcontracting rule. See also information about How to Minimize Criminal Liability in Government Contract Fraud and Procurement Investigations.
Other procurement fraud investigations may involve teaming agreements and joint ventures. We find that federal contractors would hire local criminal attorneys but only to find out that they have spent tens of thousands of dollars where the criminal attorney may not understand the governing federal procurement rules.
We help to minimize criminal liability
When contractors and small business are subject to government investigations for procurement fraud, we get to the bottom of the underlying issues and advise out clients on the strength and weaknesses in the government’s case. We can help with cases involving:
- Supplying Defective Products and Contract Services
- Cross Charging or Mischarging
- Bribery, Kickbacks, Self-Dealing, and Bid-Rigging Fraud Claims
- Defective Pricing and Violations of the Truth-in-Negotiations Act
- Small Business Program Violations
- Limitations on Subcontracting
- SBA affiliation and teaming disputes
If the government attorneys choose to proceed with criminal indictment, we can form a team of criminal defense attorneys and government contract lawyers to aggressively defend your case. We understand the issues that arise when there are procurement investigations that can end up in jail time and heavy legal fines and penalties.
Help with allegations for small business fraud against the government
Many federal government investigations involve unique government small business programs such as the SBA HUBZone and 8(a) BD programs. Other cases involve the VA’s service disabled veteran program.
At Watson & Associates, many of our government contractor fraud lawyers are former procurement personnel and government lawyers. Therefore, we are in a unique position to provide legal advice and counsel for our clients.
We represent clients involved in SBA 8(a) Program fraud, HUBZone fraud and SDVOSB fraud.
Many government contractor fraud cases involve allegations that the small business has violated procurement law and has instead conspired to defraud the government and committed SSVOSB fraud against the government. At Watson & Associates, we understand the regulations and the legal issues that come along with procurement fraud allegations.
We help with:
- Assessment of the allegations
- Applying SDVOSB regulations and FAR regulations
- Helping with responses to government subpoenas
- Defending against SDVOSB status charges and small business size investigations
Nationwide Legal Help
Watson’s government contract and procurement fraud lawyers help contractors throughout the United States. We also work with top criminal defense attorneys across the country.
Call Our Government Contract Investigation Lawyers
For immediate help in a pending investigation or case, call our procurement fraud lawyers at 1.866.601.5518.