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TVA settles suit with contractor for Watts Bar Unit 2

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TVA's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. TVA's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

The Tennessee Valley Authority and Department of Justice have settled a claim with a TVA contractor.

Bartlett Holdings, Inc., doing business as BHI Energy/Sun Technical Services, was alleged to have violated the False Claims Act by concealing the refund of overpayments received from TVA for construction work performed at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2.  

Under the terms of the settlement, Bartlett agreed to pay the United States $2.8 million, according to a news release.

“The issue of losing public funds through fraud, waste and abuse is all too well known,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nancy Harr.  “Since these losses usually result in increased costs to the public, parties that contract with the government or its agencies must be held to the terms of their contract.  The U.S. Attorney’s office remains committed to recovering funds lost when a contractor departs from its contractual obligations,” added Harr.

This settlement resulted from a joint, comprehensive investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the TVA Office of Inspector General (TVA-OIG).  In January 2014, the TVA-OIG Audit Division initiated an audit of payments to Bartlett under its subcontract.  The U.S. Attorney’s office and TVA-OIG Investigations Division subsequently joined the investigation following the filing of a qui tam or whistleblower complaint in May 2014.

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