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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Justice Department Takes On Fraudster Defense Contractor

Your "This Day In Government Contractor Abuses" comes via Spencer Ackerman, who flags this release from the U.S. Department of Justice:

The United States has filed a lawsuit against Kaman Dayron Inc., alleging that the Orlando, Fla., defense contractor violated the False Claims Act by knowingly substituting non-conforming parts in fuzes (sophisticated ignition devices incorporating mechanical and/or electronic components) supplied to the military for use in "bunker buster" bombs, the Justice Department announced today. The suit was filed today in U.S. District Court in Orlando.

The allegations relate to FMU-143 fuzes for use in hard target penetration warheads, colloquially referred to as "bunker buster" bombs. The government alleges that Kaman Dayron knowingly substituted non-conforming bellows motors for the specified parts in three lots of fuzes supplied to the military, and that the non-conforming parts could cause the fuzes to fire prematurely, creating a hazard for military personnel and causing misfires of the warheads. The military discovered the parts substitution and has quarantined the defective fuzes.

It's a good thing that the Department of Justice is taking this matter seriously, given the extreme limitations of a Congress that only tends to give themselves broad oversight power over contractors by accident. Of course, the real bad news is that because these defective fuses weren't developed by the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, the media is likely to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the matter.

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