Government Contractor Fraud
The current budget of the U.S. Department of Defense is over $700 billion—the opportunity for fraud and abuse has long been recognized. One of the most powerful whistleblower laws, the False Claims Act, was enacted to address the problem of crooked contractors providing the Union Army with shoddy goods during the Civil War.
Big Money Means Big Opportunity for Fraud
The staggering sums spent by the Department of Defense and other Departments have spurred influence peddling, illegal campaign contributions, improper lobbying, and illegal job offers or other benefits to highly placed procurement and regulatory personnel. Here are some additional examples: