Williston Business Settles Fraud Charges

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Federal prosecutors say a New Mexico-based defense contractor with offices in Williston is going to pay over a million dollars to settle billing fraud charges.

Prosecutors say Applied Research Associates improperly billed the federal government for work unrelated to a government project to design a system to detect land mines.

Prosecutors say the company did not admit any wrongdoing and the allegations don’t affect the quality of the firm’s work.

The settlement was made to avoid a lawsuit.

The issue was brought to federal officials’ attention by a company engineer who filed a lawsuit last year under the false claims act.

The former employee is due to collect $220,000 as part of the whistleblower law.

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