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U.S. settles with trucking company that allegedly overcharged USPS

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 28, 2018

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 12 that Beam Bros. Trucking Inc. (BBT) will pay $1.025 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act.

“The Department of Justice takes seriously its role in protecting the federal procurement process from false claims,” Chad A. Readler, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, said in a statement. “This settlement demonstrates that we will hold accountable federal contractors engaging in fraud, and will ensure that federal funds are protected from overcharges and abuse.”

BBT, based in Mt. Crawford, Virginia, has worked on contracts to transport mail for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). According to allegations, BBT overcharged USPS. The lawsuit, captioned United States ex rel. Doe v. Beam Bros. Trucking, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-657 (D.N.J.), was filed in the District of New Jersey.

“We are gratified to have contributed to this investigation and applaud the exceptional work by the investigative team for both protecting the contracting process and overall program costs,” Scott Pierce, special agent in charge of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said in a statement. “Along with our law enforcement partners, the USPS OIG will continue to aggressively investigate those who engage in activities designed to defraud the Postal Service.”

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