The U.S. Justice Department has announced that the Gallup Organization, a research-based marketing business known for its polling, will pay the federal government $10.5 million to settle allegations that it overbilled for work done on behalf of the U.S. Mint and the State Department. The settlement comes after the government filed suit in 2012 alleging that Gallup violated the False Claims Act and the Procurement Integrity Act for overstating its labor hours on proposals for work. Based on the inflated proposals, the government claimed, it awarded Gallup no-bid contracts at falsely inflated prices.
The lawsuit and settlement were made possible by a whistleblower, Michael Lindley, Gallup’s former director of client services. Lindley had brought a whistleblower suit against Gallup which the Justice Department joined last year. For his critical role in uncovering Gallup’s actions and enabling the settlement with the government, Lindley was awarded $1.9 million.
“I’m sure there are other people out there who are in the same position as I was four years ago,” Lindley said in a statement, “people who want to come forward and do the right thing but who are afraid to risk their careers and reputations. Whistleblowers should know that they are not alone. Today’s settlement proves that the process can work.”
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