February 18, 2009
APL Limited, a global shipping company, has agreed to pay $26.3 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to the United States in connection with contracts to ship cargo to support U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and an article in the San Jose Mercury News detail the allegations. They include a charge that the company knowingly overcharged and double-billed the Department of Defense.
The suit originated as a qui tam complaint filed under the False Claims Act. The whistleblower will receive $5.2 millions as his “relator’s share.”