The Department of Justice has announced that Sevenson Environmental Services Inc., an environmental remediation firm based in Niagara Falls, New York, has agreed to pay more than $2.72 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act by accepting kickbacks, rigging bids, and passing inflated charges to the Environmental Protection Agency in connection with work performed at the Federal Creosote Superfund Site in Manville, New Jersey. Sevenson was the prime contractor responsible for the cleanup of the Federal Creosote Site.
The settlement resolves allegations that Sevenson solicited and accepted more than $1.6 million in kickbacks from six companies in exchange for the award of subcontracts for work at the Federal Creosote Site. It also resolves allegations that Sevenson conspired with the subcontractors to pass the majority of those kickbacks to the EPA and conspired with one subcontractor to pass additional inflated charges for soil disposal to the EPA.
For more information, see the DOJ release.