Stars and Stripes stripes.com 13 Jan, 2021 07:45 am

Boeing's drone unit to pay $25 million to settle fraud charge on no-bid military contracts

Boeing's drone unit to pay $25 million to settle fraud charge on no-bid military contracts
The Department of Justice accused Boeing's drone subsidiary, Insitu, of "knowingly submitting materially false cost and pricing data" for contracts to supply surveillance drones to both the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Navy, according to a statement Tuesday.

"Within a few weeks, I was terminated," O'Hara said Tuesday in a phone interview from his home just outside Bingen.O'Hara said Insitu executives constantly asked him to sign off on cost and pricing data, but he refused because he wasn't given validating data.Defense Department," O'Hara said.O'Hara said after the DOJ took over the investigation in 2019, Boeing Corporate finally stepped in and "cleaned house," leading to an extensive turnover of top Insitu executives over the past two years.

Over his Boeing career, O'Hara said, he devised the procurement accounting processes now used internally across Boeing."That wasn't my motivation," O'Hara said.

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