Fluor subsidiary to pay $4 million to government

June 17, 2011 - 3:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says a Fluor Corp. subsidiary has agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations the company submitted false claims and allowed kickback schemes to go undetected for five years at the Energy Department's Hanford nuclear site in Hanford, Wash.

The department says Fluor Hanford Inc. failed to act even after audits disclosed internal financial control weaknesses that enabled three employees to make hundreds of fraudulent purchases and pocket the cash under a government contract to manage radioactive waste at Hanford. The Justice Department also says 14 Fluor employees accepted cash, tickets to sporting events, gift cards and other kickbacks from a Hanford-area vendor, Fast Pipe and Supply Co. in return for doing more than $3.5 million in business with Fast.

Fluor Corp. is headquartered in Irving, Texas.