September 13, 2017
FAA Contractor and CEO Settle Civil False Claims Allegations
On September 13, 2017, Calnet, Inc., a Reston, Virginia-based Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contractor, and its chief executive officer, Kaleem Shah, agreed to pay $300,000 to the U.S. Government. The payment will settle allegations that Calnet and Shah submitted false information in the company’s bid to win an FAA contract for IT help desk services.
The settlement resolves civil false claims alleged in a qui tam complaint filed against Calnet and Shah, alleging that Calnet misrepresented its past experience in its 2009 proposal to provide FAA’s Aviation Safety office with technology support services, including help desk and desk-side services, in North America and at several international sites. FAA subsequently awarded the contract to Calnet.
The settlement agreement represents neither an admission of liability by Calnet or Shah nor a concession by the United States that its claims were not well founded.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.