March 19, 2020
Alaska Cargo and Charter Flight Operator Agrees to Civil Settlement
On March 19, 2020, Grant Aviation, Inc. (Grant) agreed to a $1.5 million civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage, Alaska, related to False Claim Act violations that allegedly occurred between January 2015 and September 2017.
According to the settlement agreement, Grant falsified reports to qualify for Intra-Alaska Bypass Mail System routes; obtained associated payments from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS); and falsified claims related to Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts. EAS is a DOT program that subsidizes air carriers to ensure that people from remote communities can access the National Airspace System.
The settlement agreement is a compromise of disputed claims and is neither an admission of liability by Grant nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.
DOT conducted this investigation with USPS-OIG.