Age Refining of San Antonio, Texas, and its former affiliate, Age Transportation, will pay the United States $9 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit.

The settlement resolves allegations that Age Refining falsely certified compliance with the provisions of the Historically Underutilized Business Zone program in order to qualify for a price evaluation preference in connection with bidding for JP-8 jet fuel and other contracts with the Department of Defense.

The suit originated as whistleblower action filed by a former employee under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.

The U.S. Dept. of Justice issued a press release on August 3, 2006.

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