The Crane Company, a manufacturer of valves and marine components, has agreed to pay the United States $7.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations. The suit, which originated as a whistleblower complaint filed under the False Claims Act, alleged that the company failed to comply with U.S. Defense Department inspection requirements and violated the Buy America Act. The Pentagon is required to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or homegrown products.
Crane’s valves were delivered to government prime contractors for use on Navy vessels and the U.S. Coast Guard’s new National Security Cutters.
The Dept. of Justice issued a press release on August 15, 2007.