The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that the Sanborn Map Company has been fined $2.1 million over false contract claims it submitted with regards to its Army Corps of Engineers contracts in Iraq.
According to the DOJ, Sanborn was contracted to produce convoy route maps for U.S. Marines and other forces in Iraq from 2005 to 2011. Though Sanborn was required contractually to do all the map work itself, the company instead outsourced the work to local subcontractors. The decision ended up causing delays on Sanborn's convoy mapping projects.
The contract violations were brought to light by a former Sanborn whistleblower named James Peterson. Under the terms of the False Claims Act Peterson will share in the money recovered from Sanborn, though the size of his share has not yet been revealed.
“We are committed to defending the integrity of our public contracting process,” said Stuart Delery, assistant attorney general for the Civil Division at the DOJ. “The Department of Justice will not hesitate to pursue companies that knowingly fail to comply with their contractual obligations, particularly obligations involving the protection of our national security interests.”
The Sanborn settlement is yet another example of the DOJ cracking down on war profiteers in recent weeks. Near the end of January the U.S. announced it was suing Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) for taking bribes and inflating claims related to its Iraq war logistics contracts. Just last week the DOJ sentenced a former U.S. Army Specialist for her role in the organized theft of fuel in Afghanistan.