A Rockville defense contractor has agreed to pay the federal government more than $500,000 to settle a claim that it inflated expenses on an Army contract, according to U.S. Justice Department officials.
Integral Consulting Services Inc., which lists its address at 2101 Gaither Road, Rockville, was awarded the Army contract in 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. Attorneys later claimed the company listed unrelated legal costs in the expenses it submitted to the U.S. government, which caused the amount owed to the company to be falsely inflated.
The settlement resolves the allegations, with Integral Consulting Services agreeing to pay $505,838 to the U.S. government, according to a press release on Tuesday. Of that total, $92,315 will go to a private party, Amit Dalal, who had filed suit on behalf of the government.
On its website, Integral Consulting Services describes its services as “providing IT solutions, multimodal biometrics, intelligence analysis, cyber security, operational, and program management support services” through contracts to the federal government.
The contract had required Integral Consulting Services to provide “identity intelligence and analysis support” to the Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center’s Biometric Intelligence Program, according to the press release.
Between May 2012 and June 2014, the company submitted expenses to the government that it claimed were costs relating to the contract. The costs, however, actually resulted from a litigation between Integral Consulting Services and another contracting company over an agreement, federal attorneys claimed.
The civil settlement was announced by U.S. attorneys, the Defense Criminal and Civil Investigative Service and Army fraud unit investigators.