Lucent Technologies World Services, Inc. Settles $4.2 Million False Claim Act Allegations

On September 21, 2012, the Department of Justice announce that Lucent Technologies World Services, Inc. a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle the false claims allegations raised in the qui tam lawsuit U.S. ex. rel. Geoffrey K. Wilson v. Alcatel-Lucent, a foreign corporation, et al.

Lucent Technologies World Services, Inc.  (LTWSI) was awarded a $250 million contract with the U.S. Army in 2004 to build the Advanced First Responder Network, a 911 emergency response and first responder communications system designed to enable Iraqis to summon emergency personnel in times of emergencies. The allegations in the lawsuit brought by Geoffrey K. Wilson, a former LTWSI contract manager on the project, state that LTWSI submitted claims for payment for equipment, service and contract performance award fees based on inaccurate certifications that LTWSI preformed and successfully completed certain testing of the Network’s radio transmission sites, as well as validation of the entire network to ensure it was operational prior to acceptance by the United States and transfer to the Iraqi government.  These inaccurate certifications were submitted to the United States Army between January and July of 2005.

The claims settled by this agreement are allegations only and do not constitute a determination of liability.

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