CH2M Hill has agreed to pay $18.5 million and 10 of its current or former upper managers and supervisors have been indicted after being accused of timecard fraud at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Hanford, Wash.
This morning's Tri-City Herald reports that a federal grand jury handed up the indictments—which included conspiracy, submission of false claims, major frauds against the United States, wire fraud, violation of the anti-kickbackback act and document alteration.
"This conduct was not consistent with CH2M Hill values, but it happened on our watch," a company statement said. "And we should have rooted it out sooner."
The indictment came after a previous independent audit warned CH2M Hill in 2004 about timecard inconsistencies, yet the alleged fraud continued until 2008, CH2M Hill has since lost its contract with Hanford.