Ingalls to pay multimillion dollar settlement

Huntington Ingalls Industries will pay over nine million dollars to settle a lawsuit for over-billing the government for labor on Navy and Coast Guard ships built in its Pascagoula shipyard.
The Department of Justice says that $7.9 million will be added to earlier settlement payments resulting in a recovery of $9.2 million. There was labor mischarging on various U.S. Navy and Coast Guard contracts dating from 2003 to 2015. Ingalls also allegedly mischarged for incurred labor on particular contracts for work that was never done.
Former employee Byron Faulkner, who first brought the allegations, will get $1.6 million under the whistleblower provision.
Corporate Director of Public Affairs for Huntington Ingalls Industries Beci Brenton spoke to News 25 today from Washington, D.C. “The company informed the government of alleged misconduct by certain employees and fully cooperated with the government in investigating and routine resolution of the matter. The company has strengthened its compliance program to ensure that no similar issues arise in the future.”
The settlement also states that Ingalls charged the government for diving work that never happened.

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