Small Biz Group Diverted NASA Money To Airport, US Says

Law360, New York (March 2, 2012, 3:02 PM EST) -- The U.S. government on Thursday slapped a Florida-chartered small business authority with a False Claims Act suit claiming it conspired with a local airport to improperly steer NASA grants to build a $5 million facility those grants would not have funded.

Technical Research and Development Authority struck a deal with the City of Melbourne International Airport to redirect the authority's grants to build new TRDA headquarters on airport property that the airport would ultimately own, the complaint says.

“TRDA had no money for the project, and...
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