The U.S. Justice Department has accused a private security company contracted to provide background investigations to the federal government of faking at least 665,000 completed background checks while receiving nearly $12 million in bonus payments from 2008 to 2010, according to a report from CNN available at http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/justice/us-background-check-fraud/index.html.
CNN reports U.S. Investigations Services (USIS) is charged with counts of false or fraudulent claims, false statements, and breach of contract. Other filings remain sealed. Prosecutors allege in a complaint USIS used a computer program to “flush” or “dump” about 40 percent of the background checks conducted during that time and completed them without a quality review required by the government contract.
CNN reports a USIS spokeswoman said the allegations of faking completed background checks “relate to a small group of individuals over a specific time period and are inconsistent with the strong service record we have earned since our inception in 1996.” The spokeswoman also said the company has “appointed a new leadership team, enhanced oversight procedures, and improved control protocols.”
The New York Times reports USIS conducted background checks on contractors Edward J. Snowden, who leaked classified government documents about secret surveillance programs, and Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard and died in a police shootout in 2013. The Times article is at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/us/security-check-firm-said-to-have-defrauded-us.html.
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