Suit Alleges Guard Smuggling At Border, Army Accomplice

Law360 (December 8, 2020, 11:07 PM EST) -- Two security contractors have filed a wide-ranging lawsuit alleging a border-smuggling operation involving armed guards and a bill-padding scheme at a pair of firms responsible for construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The False Claims Act lawsuit alleges that two Texas-based contractors, in conjunction with an unnamed employee at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, helped shuttle in armed guards from Mexico to provide security at border-wall construction sites. The firms then fired the unnamed plaintiffs for refusing to cover up the operation, according to the suit, filed in February but unsealed last week.

"Defendants violated the FCA by ... knowingly...

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