Wackenhut accused of billing government for services not provided
News 4 in Nashville ran a story that Wackenhut has billed the government for security services that were not provided. If this is true they have billed us as tax payers for nothing. I think we would all agree that billing someone for work you do not perform is nothing more than stealing.
The state and federal government has now given us a powerful tool to punish companies that defraud the government. It is commonly known as the false claims act. The false claims act allows people, whether affiliated with the government or not, to file actions against federal and state contractors claiming fraud against the government. The act of filing such actions is informally called "whistle blowing". Persons filing under the Act stand to receive a portion of any recovered damages. More importantly it deters any company from cheating us all.