Texas E-Rate Contractor Settles FCA Action

Law360, New York (August 7, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT) -- A Houston businessman has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle False Claims Act allegations that he provided gifts and loans to a Texas school district’s employees in connection with work his company performed under the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Larry Lehmann, of Giddings, Texas, as CEO and managing partner of Acclaim Professional Services, violated E-Rate competitive bidding requirements and procurement rules of the Houston Independent School District by giving gifts and loans to district workers, including...
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