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Technology company to pay $4.5 million to settle whistleblower suit

Vortec Corp. has agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle charges that it defrauded the federal Department of Energy. The suit, filed under the False Claims Act, alleged that the company overcharged the government on a hazardous waste recycling contract by billing for personal expenses, including hotel bills and auto repairs.

The whistleblower who reported the fraud was awarded $1.08 million.

The story appeared in the August 21, 2004 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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