Written April 2, 2014 by Robert Lu
On Monday, March 31, 2014, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation will pay $3.5 million to settle claims under the False Claims Act that it overcharged the U.S. military for replacement Black Hawk components.
The government alleged that the Stratford-based helicopter manufacturer, a division of United Technologies Corp., failed to let the military know that it had lower prices for the helicopter parts from February 2008 to September 2011, in violation of the False Claims Act. As a result, the military overpaid for more than 50 different components, ranging from nuts and washers to the helicopter’s access doors, the government said. The size of the overpayments was not disclosed in the settlement. Last year, Sikorsky reported $6.3 billion in sales and $594 million in operating profits.