RICHLAND, Wash. - Hanford contractor, CH2M Hill will pay the Department of Justice more than $18 million after admitting to overlooking timecard fraud.
The US Attorney for Eastern Washington says upper management at CH2M Hill allowed hourly workers on the site to claim more hours than they worked for several years.
Under the agreement, CH2M Hill will pay $18.5 million to the Justice Department to resolve civil and criminal liability.
The contractor is fully cooperating with the investigation by the Justice Department, and has agreed to dedicate $500,000 towards making sure this type of fraud doesn't happen in the future.
Last year, eight workers at CH2M Hill pleaded guilty to the timecard fraud scheme. The Department of Justice hasn't said if any more people may be or may have been involved with the scheme, but investigators haven't ruled out the possibility of finding more workers who may have committed fraud, and subsequently prosecuting them for criminal activity.