Mapping Contractor Pays $2.1 Million to Settle False Claims Act Suit

The Department of Justice has announced that Sanborn Map Company Inc., of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has agreed to pay $2.1 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims in connection with Army Corps of Engineers contracts.

Sanborn provides photogrammetric mapping and geographic information system services. From 2005 to 2011, Sanborn contracted with the Corps of Engineers to produce maps for convoy routes in Iraq, Marine Corps bases in the United States, and other military and civilian projects.

According to DoJ, Sanborn allegedly used unapproved foreign subcontractors on three projects, which violated contractual obligations and caused delays on these projects. Sanborn also allegedly used unapproved domestic subcontractors when it was required to complete all map work in-house and charged unrelated work to the contracts.

The allegations arose from a lawsuit filed by a former Sanborn employee in a federal court in Missouri under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.

For more information, see the DoJ news release.

About William Van Huis

Bill Van Huis is a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business who tracks and analyzes new regulations impacting federal government contracting. He also follows court decisions involving bid protests and contract disputes. You can find his work in WK publications like Government Contract Reports and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Tools. Bill is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining WK, Bill worked both inside and outside state and local government in the areas of procurement and municipal finance. Bill also worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court.
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