L-3 Vertex Aerospace has paid the government $4 million to resolve allegations that the company overcharged the government on an Iraq war contract.

The False Claims Act suit, which was originally filed by a former employee as a whistleblower suit, accused the company of submitting false and inflated claims for hours worked maintaining helicopters at camp Taji, Iraq.

The U.S. Justice Department press release noted that the case was prosecuted as part of a National Procurement Fraud Initiative. The National Procurement Fraud Task Force was formed in October 2006 to promote the early detection, identification, prevention and prosecution of procurement fraud.

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