Taking a stand for whistleblower rights
Taking a stand for qui tam whistleblowers
Taking a stand against corporate fraud
Combating fraud against the government
Every year the state and federal government spend billions of dollars in the acquisition, development, management, and transportation of energy resources. The Federal government also provides hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives, including research grants, to companies developing new and renewable energy resources. This money also provides financing for private firms to explore for oil and gas reserves on U.S. federally owned land and waters.
Energy Contracting and Services Fraud
The U.S. Department of Energy handles much of the federal government’s energy resources, including nuclear material stockpiles. In many instances, the federal government contracts with private companies to provide services and management of these energy resources. In this area, fraud against the government takes place in the reporting and billing of the costs and time companies are investing in these contracts. These contracts in some cases can be worth billions of dollars, resulting in highly lucrative payments for these private firms.
Research Grant Fraud
With the large volume of research required to pursue new and renewable energy sources, the federal government often contracts these services to private companies. Research grant fraud may take the form of:
- Falsifying grant applications
- Falsifying data and research results
- Utilizing grant money for unapproved purposes, including unrelated research and personal expenses
- Over-billing of time, costs, and other expenses
- Falsifying purchase orders for equipment or supplies
Oil, Gas, and Coal Royalty Fraud
Private companies pay the federal government royalties to explore government owned lands and waters for gas, coal, and oil. According to the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service, total revenue solely from federal offshore areas averaged between $5-7 billion in recent years. A common type of fraud in this area occurs when companies manipulate the formulas used to calculate the royalties owed to the government, thus defrauding the government of the full amount of royalties owed.