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)