WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "We are urging an employee or manager at company providing services to the federal government under the auspices of being a 'small business' or a minority or woman owned business to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if in fact the federal contractor is not in reality a small business, and or if the company is not a minority or woman owned business.
"There can be significant rewards for well documented information that proves a company has lied about their status to get a leg up on the competition for federal contracts. Creating shell 'small businesses,' and or creating a minority/woman led company in name only is a way federal contractors cheat to get preferential treatment on federal contracts. If you possess information about a company engaged in these types of deceptive practices, please call us at 866-714-6466 so at a minimum we can explain how the federal whistleblower program works." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
In July of 2016 the Department of Justice announced two companies in California agreed to resolve allegations that one of their entities was a small business to obtain contracts set aside for small businesses. Small businesses, in some cases, are eligible to receive a preference when government contracts are issued. The penalty to the companies was over 5 million dollars.
In this instance the whistleblowers received $1.4 million.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center is especially interested in hearing from the following types of people who can prove a contractor involved in federally funded contracts is portraying themselves as a small business or a minority owned business (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise-DBE).
- A business or businesses that have created a shell company that could be classified as a 'small business' to gain the upper hand in the federal contracting process.
- A woman owned business in name only. Either the woman's husband runs the business, or the woman is the owner of the business in name only-she does not participate in the operation of the business.
- An African American or Hispanic owned business in name only. In reality-the business is owned and operated by non-minorities and the non-minority operators make all management and financial decisions for the business.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center believes companies creating scam small businesses and or minority owned businesses is a huge problem in the federal contracting process. The Center is most focused on hearing about these types of schemes as they relate to the US Department of Defense, HUD, the EPA, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, the State Department or the Department of Education. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center: Do not go to the government first if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Major whistleblowers frequently go to the government thinking they will help. It's a huge mistake. Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower's information could destroy any prospect for a reward. Do not try to force a company or individual to come clean on falsely claiming to be a minority owned business or a small business. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it's sufficient, we will help find the right law firms to assist in advancing your information."
The Corporate Whistleblower Center is the premier advocate for whistleblowers in the United States. Unlike any group in the US, they assist potential whistleblowers with packaging their information and providing the whistleblower with access to the most accomplished whistleblower attorneys in the nation. For more information, potential whistleblowers can contact the Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466 or visit http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com.
For attribution for the Department of Justice press release related to a whistleblower reward for a non- minority owned business please refer to the July 2016 press release that discusses this matter:https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/information-technology-companies-pay-58-million-misrepresentations-relating-small-business
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SOURCE Corporate Whistleblower Center