Whistle-blower lawsuit in Navy kickbacks continues

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A whistle-blower lawsuit that alerted authorities to a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme that targeted the U.S. Navy is before a federal court in Rhode Island now that the criminal case has concluded.

Lawyers for a Georgia couple who first sued in 2006 filed papers on Friday to continue with the lawsuit, which seeks up to $54 million. It had been put on hold during the criminal investigation and prosecution. That case wrapped up last month.

Six people ultimately pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme, in which a Navy employee would approve payments to contractors, who would funnel money back to him and others.

The lawsuit was first filed under seal in a federal court in Georgia and later transferred to Rhode Island.

(Copyright 2014, The Associated Press)

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